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West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history in their Pool B victory over Zimbabwe at Canberra.

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Published on February 24, 2015 with No Comments

The 35-year-old left-hander reached 200 off 138 balls, hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over.
His mark eclipsed the unbeaten 188 by South Africa’s Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.
Gayle hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side’s innings.
It was also only the fifth double century in all one-day internationals and the first by a non-Indian, with Rohit Sharma (two), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag the only other batsmen to achieve the feat.
The stand of 372 with Marlon Samuels – after Dwayne Smith had departed for a second-ball duck – was also a record partnership for any ODI wicket, surpassing the 331 shared by India’s Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999.
Gayle’s knock was almost ended by the very first ball he faced but the on-field umpire turned down Tinashe Panyangara’s lbw appeal and, despite a review showing the ball would have clipped the top of the bails, the original decision stood.
He went on to reach his 22nd one-day century from 105 balls before blasting his second hundred in only 33 deliveries.
From the final ball of the innings Gayle top-edged a catch high to midwicket.
Samuels finished unbeaten on 133 from 156 balls as West Indies amassed 372-2 from their 50 overs.
After a short rain delay, Gayle then took two wickets with his part-time off-spin and a catch as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289. The Windies won by 73 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Records tumble in Canberra
• Chris Gayle scored the first World Cup double hundred
• Gayle’s 16 sixes equalled the ODI record held by Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers, and shattered the previous World Cup record of nine
• Gayle and Samuels put on 372 – the highest ODI partnership record for any wicket
• Gayle became the only batsman to hit a century in Twenty20 Internationals, a double century in ODIs and a triple century in Tests.
• The 152 runs the West Indies scored in the last 10 overs is the highest in World Cup history and the second highest in ODIs behind South Africa’s 163 against West Indies in 2015
• Gayle scored more runs in this innings than in his last 12 combined (199)
• Gayle becomes the first player to score 200 and take two wickets in the same ODI


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