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De Kock tons up as Proteas smash run chase record

Quinton de Kock has smashed his first T20 international century as South Africa pulled off a record run chase to beat West Indies by six wickets

South Africa have pulled off the highest successful run chase in men's Twenty20 international cricket to beat the West Indies by six wickets at Centurion on an afternoon of blistering assault on the ball as well as the record books.

Opener Quinton de Kock hit a first T20 century as South Africa scored 4-259 after being set an imposing target of 13 runs per over to win Sunday's match.

Johnson Charles had led the West Indies to 5-258, a new record T20 total at the Pretoria Test venue, after they had been put in to bat.

The 34-year-old from St Lucia set a West Indies record for the quickest century, achieved off 39 balls, eight fewer than Chris Gayle's previous best mark.

Image Id: 06AA08F5E21842AAAC92634BBBB94498 Image Caption: Johnson Charles hit a whirlwind century, but it was in vain // Getty

Charles scored 118 off 46 balls before being bowled by Marco Jansen, South Africa's best bowler with 3-52.

Charles hit 11 sixes - half of the West Indies total for the innings - which equalled the record 22 in an innings set by Afghanistan against Ireland three years ago.

Charles was ably supported by Kyle Mayers (51) in a 135-run second-wicket partnership followed by an unbeaten 41 from Romario Shepherd.

South Africa began at a blistering pace in reply and by scoring 150 without loss off the first 10 overs set another T20 record.

De Kock took 43 balls to reach his century but departed straight after to end a 152-run opening partnership with Reeza Hendricks, who made 68 off 28 balls.

Image Id: 819BAABDA8744496918EDE074507B075 Image Caption: Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks combined for a 152-run stand to begin South Africa's chase // Getty

"I said to Reeza afterwards we did something special out there. I've been looking for a T20 century for a while and to do it at my home ground was something special," said de Kock.

The pair succeeded in reducing the required run rate, allowing captain Aiden Markram (38 not out) to steer his side home to a remarkable win with seven balls remaining.

"It was a pretty crazy game. When we came out to bowl we thought we had done enough. They applied the pressure from ball one and we didn't respond," West Indies captain Rovman Powell said.

The batter-friendly pitch delivered a total of 35 sixes and 46 fours in a run feast for an enthusiastic crowd, producing 517 runs for the highest aggregate in a T20 international.

South Africa tied the three-match T20 series with the final game to be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

West Indies had won the first match by three wickets at Centurion on Saturday.