Champions Trophy, Jaipur: West Indies 262-4 (44 ovs) bt South Africa 258-8 (50 ovs) by 6 wkts
Gayle in full charismatic flow during his magnificent unbeaten 133
Chris Gayle struck a magnificent 15th ODI century as West Indies sealed a superb six-wicket semi-final win over South Africa in the Champions Trophy.
Gayle smashed 17 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 133, sharing 154 in 26 overs for the first wicket with Shiv Chanderpaul, who retired hurt on 57.
Their heroics saw the Windies reach the target of 259 with six overs to spare.
Herschelle Gibbs hit four fours and a six in his 77 for South Africa, sharing 92 in 18 overs with AB de Villiers.
The West Indian reply was eventful from ball one, a wide from Shaun Pollock.
Gayle drove the first two legitimate deliveries for four, while Chanderpaul provoked a furious response from Makhaya Ntini when he asked the volatile paceman to remove his white wristband.
Ntini was replaced after three overs for 23, but the first ball from Andre Nel was unceremoniously swiped to the mid-wicket boundary by Chanderpaul.
Pollock stayed in the attack but was smeared straight into the boards at long-off by Gayle, who reached 50 from 48 balls.
Even a bout of cramp for Chanderpaul could not delay the procession to victory, although the left-hander was finally forced to leave the field with 105 still needed.
New batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan took the target below three figures with two fours in an over from Nel, compiling 27 from as many balls before falling lbw to Ntini.
Smith heard the "death rattle" in the sixth over
Gayle recorded his third century of the tournament, whirling his arm in celebration after taking the single needed, and Dwayne Bravo signalled the 200 with a calypso square drive for four.
The Windies could even afford a moment of hari-kari from Bravo, who sauntered down the pitch to Peterson and was run out by Graeme Smith collecting the ball at slip.
That gave skipper Brian Lara the chance to hit his 1,000th one-day international four, fittingly a sumptuous square drive, though he chipped back a return catch.
Runako Morton was out for a duck with only 15 needed, but Gayle finished the match in style with a straight drive to the boundary.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat, skipper Smith was clearly intent on a solid opening stand, having shared in first wicket partnerships of 1, 13 and 0 previously in the competition.
But having clipped Ian Bradshaw for identical fours through mid-wicket, he was bowled off his pads in the sixth over.
The start was excellent and laid a foundation for the success
That brought in Kallis, who never properly settled. After appearing visibly perplexed by the pitch, he launched a wild swipe at Bravo which skewed to third man.
Spinner Marlon Samuels enjoyed immediate success as Loots Bosman, with only three previous internationals against Zimbabwe earlier this year to his name, saw a charmed 39 come to an end courtesy of a leading edge to cover.
Gibbs completed 50 in style with a fluent drive before his assured stand with De Villiers ended when Lara's fine throw from cover hit the target.
Mark Boucher launched the first six of the innings off Samuels, but fell in the deep next ball for 16.
Taylor bowled the penultimate over and was dispatched over long-off for six by Gibbs backing away, while the 250 came up as Bravo began the final over with a wild full toss.
Gibbs was dismissed three balls before the close and though 258-8 was considered a challenging total, there was the feeling it was short of par, a theory soon confirmed by Gayle and Chanderpaul.