Priya Alexander

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) — South Africa defeated the West Indies by 6 wickets in the second T20I. Quinton de Kock scored a century while chasing 259 in 20 overs.

Johnson Charles flayed 118 from just 46 balls to set up West Indies’ big total, with support from Kyle Mayers, who made 51, and Romario Shepherd, who hit 41 not out.

Charles’ innings was the fastest T20I century by a West Indies batter, his 39-ball knock eight quicker than the previous record set by Chris Gayle in 2016. Only David Miller of South Africa, Rohit Sharma of India and Sudesh Wickramasekara of Czech Republic — all in 35 balls — have scored faster T20I centuries.

Charles smashed 11 sixes to play a big part in another record for the game. There were 35 sixes, the most for a T20 international. Charles also hit 10 fours in an innings that seemed destined to give West Indies a series victory, but de Kock and South Africa had other ideas.

“It was pretty, pretty crazy,” West Indies captain Rovman Powell said. “When we came off halfway we thought we had enough. But credit to Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. They applied pressure from ball one.”

The teams will now play a series-decider in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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