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Gayle-storm floors Zimbabwe

Gayle-storm floors Zimbabwe
Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way into the history books by becoming the first player to score a double century in World Cup as the West Indies rode on his record-equalling 16 sixes to notch up a 73-run win via D/L method against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

Gayle, who became the only non-Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma to score a double ton in ODIs, 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 world record 372-run second-wicket partnership with centurion Marlon Samuels (133) before West Indies bowled out Zimbabwe 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. Gayle was ably supported by Samuels, who scored 133 off 156 balls with the help of 11 fours and three sixes. Gayle’s effort was also the highest ever individual score by a West Indian batsman, bettering Vivian Richards’ 189 against England way back in 1984. The total gave West Indies a perfect platform to post their second win in the tournament and inch closer to a quarterfinal berth, after starting their campaign with a shock defeat against Ireland.

Gayle treated the Zimbabwean bowlers with disdain as he recaptured his best form after scoring just 36 and four in his first two knocks at the quadrennial extravaganza. It was the 35-year-old Gayle’s 22nd ton in his 266th ODI for the West Indies. The burly Jamaican, who in the process crossed 9000 runs in this format, was earlier fortunate to have survived a contentious referral for LBW when he was yet to open his account. And then he was also dismissed off a no ball, much to the Zimbabweans’ misery.

But before that, Tinashe Panyangara was slammed for 82 runs in nine overs, while Tendai Chatara gave away 74 in 9.4 overs.Gayle also contributed with the ball, picking up a couple of wickets for 35 runs from his 6 overs. 

List of records

Gayle became only the fourth batsman and first non-Indian to score a ODI double hundred. Sachin Tendulkar was the first to score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. Next year, Virender Sehwag smashed 219 against the Windies while Rohit Sharma scored two double hundreds against Australia (209 in 2013) and Sri Lanka (264 in 2014)

Coincidentally, both Gayle and Tendulkar hit double ton on the same day, February 24

Along the way, Gayle passed 9,000 career runs. He holds the record for the most number of ODI centuries for any West Indies player, 22. Brian Lara (19) comes next

With this century, Gayle became the only batsman in history with an ODI double hundred, Twenty20 International century and triple ton in Test cricket

Gayle’s 138-ball knock is the fastest double hundred in ODIs

WI’s 372/2 is the 5th highest total in WC. Highest is 413/5 by India against Bermuda (2007)


West Indies innings

DR Smith b Panyangara 0, CH Gayle c Chigumbura b Masakadza 215, MN Samuels not out 133;  Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 16, nb 5) 24; Total    (2 wickets; 50 overs) 372; FoW 1-0 (Smith, 0.2 ov), 2-372 (Gayle, 49.6 ov); Bowling T Panyangara    9-0-82-1, TL Chatara 9.4-0-74-0, SC Williams    5-0-48-0, E Chigumbura 7-0-44-0, Sikandar Raza 10-1-45-0, T Kamungozi 3-0-37-0, H Masakadza 6.2-0-39-1

Zimbabwe innings
Sikandar Raza c Simmons b Holder 26, RW Chakabva lbw b Holder 2, H Masakadza lbw b Taylor 5, BRM Taylor†c †Ramdin b Samuels 37,  SC Williams c Smith b Holder 76, CR Ervine b Gayle 52, S Matsikenyeri lbw b Gayle 19, E Chigumbura c Gayle b Taylor 21, T Panyangara c †Ramdin b Taylor 4, TL Chatara    b Miller 16, T Kamungozi not out 6, Extras (lb 9, w 14, nb 2) 25; Total (all out; 44.3 overs) 289; FoW 1-11 (Chakabva, 1.4 ov), 2-26 (Masakadza, 4.6 ov), 3-46 (Sikandar Raza, 7.6 ov), 4-126 (Taylor, 20.1 ov), 5-177 (Williams, 27.5 ov), 6-226 (Ervine, 33.4 ov), 7-239 (Matsikenyeri, 35.4 ov), 8-254 (Panyangara, 38.1 ov), 9-266 (Chigumbura, 40.5 ov), 10-289 (Chatara, 44.3 ov); Bowling JE Taylor 10-0-38-3, JO Holder 7, NO Miller 6.3-0-48-1, MN Samuels    9-0-59-1, AD Russell 5-0-44-0, DJG Sammy 1-0-8-0, CH Gayle 6-0-35-2
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