Whirlwind Gayle flattens Zimbabwe

Opener hits first double-century in a World Cup as West Indies beat Zimbabwe.

    Gayle became only the fourth cricketer to score an ODI double century [Reuters]
    Gayle became only the fourth cricketer to score an ODI double century [Reuters]

    Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion with the first World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash.

    The opener's 215 was the highest individual innings in a World Cup match, the third highest in any ODI, and formed the large part of a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out), also an one-day record.

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    The dreadlocked 35-year-old slugged 16 sixes - tying the one-day record - as well as 10 fours in his 147-ball knock and even though he was dismissed with the last ball of the innings, West Indies were set fair at 372 for two.

    Zimbabwe had their run-chase trimmed to 363 from 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain briefly interrupted the contest and they initially made a good fist of it.

    Brendan Taylor was unfortunate to be dismissed for 37 after a controversial third umpire referral and middle order batsmen Sean Williams (76) and Craig Ervine (52) also put in good shifts.

    When Gayle (2-35) returned with the ball to dismiss Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri (19) with his off-spin, however, the writing was on the wall for Zimbabwe and they were all out for 289 in the 45th over.

    Scorecard:

    West Indies 372-2 in 50 overs (Gayle 215, Masakadza 1-39)

    Zimbabwe 289 all out in 44.3 overs (Williams 76, Taylor 3-38)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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