South Africa's Morne van Wyk nominated patience as the key to his match-winning Twenty20 International century against the West Indies.
South Africa's match-winner Morne van Wyk claimed patience was the key to his century on Wednesday, as he led his team to victory in their Twenty20 International (T20I) against the West Indies.
Van Wyk scored 114 not out in the third T20I of the series, ensuring South Africa avoided a whitewash as they won by 69 runs in Durban.
The 35-year-old wicketkeeper, who has missed out on South Africa's Cricket World Cup squad, hit seven sixes and nine fours but needed three overs before he reached the boundary for the first time, failing to score from nine of the first 13 deliveries he faced.
Van Wyk insisted, however, that he felt good from the start and was pleased he eventually unleashed with a six off Andre Russell in the fourth over.
"From the start I was hitting it well. Hit a couple straight at the fielders and I thought, it would be nice if they could just get through there and we get going," the gloveman told Supersport after the match.
"And I started hitting it alright, and then I felt as we went on, I started getting the pace of the wicket and I felt I was hitting it cleaner and cleaner."
The home side set the West Indies a target of 196 to win before bowling the tourists out for 126, with David Wiese claiming five wickets.
Despite the loss, the West Indies won the T20I series 2-1 and captain Darren Sammy was thrilled with his team's performance after they lost the Test series 2-0.
"I've got to commend the boys on the way they played this series, especially, coming after a tough Test series loss, the way everyone stepped up," he said.
"I know Chris [Gayle] made two important knocks for us but in the first two games, it was a total team effort. Today we wanted to win but we'll take a series win."
A five-game one-day international series will begin on Friday at Durban's Kingsmead before both teams head to New Zealand for the World Cup.