Chris Gayle’s record-breaking double century has lead the West Indies to a 73 run win their ICC Cricket World Cup match at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Gayle’s knock was the first ever double-century in a World Cup tournament and the third highest ODI score ever.
His 215 runs off 147 balls included 16 sixes, which equaled the record for most sixes in an ODI innings.
Gayle’s 372 run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out) was the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs ever.
The game actually got off to the perfect start for Zimbabwe, with Tinashe Panyangara (1/82) bowling Dwayne Smith for a second-ball duck with a brilliant delivery.
The game could have headed in a very different direction if it weren’t for a contentious LBW decision that fell in Gayle’s favour on his very first ball.
However, Gayle made the most of his let off, hitting 26 boundaries throughout the innings, while being well supported by Samuels who also entertained with 14 boundaries.
The only other wicket of the innings was that of Gayle’s, being caught off the bowling of Hamilton Masakadza (1/39) on the final ball of the innings.
Despite the daunting task of chasing 372 runs, Zimbabwe showed a lot of fight in their innings.
Half-centuries to Sean Williams (76 runs) and Craig Ervine (52) were important in the valiant run chase.
However, Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder both took three wickets to ensure the day remained the West Indies, and Zimbabwe were all out for 289 in the 45th over.
Just to prove it was his day, Gayle also chipped in with the ball, getting two wickets.
The West Indies are now second in the Pool B standings, while Zimbabwe are fifth.
Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas