CANBERRA, Feb 24 (PTI): Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way into the history books by becoming the first player to score a double century in the cricket World Cup as the West Indies rode on his record-equalling 16 sixes to notch up a massive 73-run win via D/L method against Zimbabwe, here today.
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels (L) of West Indies running between the wickets during their record breaking 372-run partnership, in the World Cup Group B match against Zimbabwe in Canberra on Tuesday.
Gayle, who became the only non-Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma to score a ODI double ton, smashed 215 off just 147 balls with the help of a staggering 16 sixes and 10 fours to help West Indies amass 373 for two after electing to bat first.
The destructive batsman was also involved in a record 372-run second-wicket partnership with centurion Marlon Samuels (133) before West Indies bowled out the Africans for 289 in 44.3 overs during their revised chase of 363 in 48 overs post a brief spell of rain.
Former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten held the previous individual record with a score of 188 against the same opponents at the 1996 edition in Rawalpindi, while the legendary retired Indian duo of Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid held the partnership record, which they scripted against New Zealand in 1999.
Gayle thus became the only player in world cricket to hit a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in Twenty20 Internationals.
This was Gayle’s first century since June 2013, the ton coming off 105 balls after the two-time winners opted to bat at the Manuka Oval. He reached his double ton in 138 balls, hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary.
While his first hundred was a workmanlike effort, the second was Gayle at his devastating best, getting there off a mere 33 balls. Such was the onslaught that West Indies smashed the hapless Zimbabwe bowlers for 195 runs in the last 13 overs, 152 of them coming in the final 10.
Gayle fell short of the highest number of sixes by only one, tying it with Rohit and South African captain AB de Villiers.
West Indies : Dwayne Smith b Panyangara 0, Chris Gayle c Chigumbura b 215, Marlon Samuels not out 133. Extras: (B 1, LB 2, W 16, NB 5) 24. Total: (2 wickets; 50 overs) 372. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-372. Bowling: Tinashe Panyangare 9-0-82-1, Tendai Chatara 9.4-0-74-0, Sean Williams 5-0-48-0, Elton Chigumbura 7-0-44-0, Sikandar Raza 10-1-45-0, Tafadzwa Kamungozi 3-0-37-0, Hamilton Masakadza 6.2-0-39-1.
Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza c Simmons b Holder 26, Regis Chakabva lbw b Holder 2, Hamilton Masakadza lbw b Taylor 5, Brendon Taylor c Ramdin b Samuels 37, Sean Williams c Smith b Holder 76, Crain Ervine b Gayle 52, Elton Chigumbura c Gayle b Taylor 21, T Panyangara c Ramdin b Taylor 4, T Kamungozi not out 6. Extras: (LB 9, W 14, NB 2) 25. Total: (all out; 44.3 overs) 289. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-26, 3-46, 4-126, 5-177, 6-226, 7-239, 9-266, 10-289. Bowling: Jerome Taylor 10-0-38-3, Jason Holder 7-0-48-3 Nikita Miller 6.3-0-48-1, Marlon Samuels 9-0-59-1, Andre Russell 5-0-44-0, Dareen Sammy 1-0-8-0, Chris Gayle 6-0-35-2.