Record breaking Chris Gayle creates history as WI propel to 372/2 against Zimbabwe

Sidharth Gulati / 24 February 2015

Swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle on February 24th, 2015 became the first player in the cricketing history to score a double hundred in World Cup. He achieved this feat against Zimbabwe where he scored 215 in 147 balls with 16 sixes and 10 fours and also surpassed Gary Kirsten’s record of the highest score (188*) by an individual player in World Cup. Gayle, who was criticized for his poor form early in the tournament, came out all guns blazing to become the 4th overall and the 1st non-Indian to score a double hundred in ODIs. 

Earlier, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and chose to bat on a sluggish Canberra deck. They got off to a bad start as opener Dwayne Smith got out to pacer Tinashe Panyangara on the second ball of the innings. From there on, Gayle got a great support from vice-captain Marlon Samuels and the duo stamped their authority till the end of the innings and recorded the highest second wicket partnership (372 runs) in ODIs (and for any wicket in ODIs and World Cup too), breaking Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid’s record of 318-run partnership for the second wicket against Sri Lanka at Taunton in 1999 World Cup. Gayle alone scored a total of 16 sixes in his innings whereas Samuels, who scored his 8th ODI hundred, hit 3 sixes. West Indies finished their innings at 372/2, with Gayle getting out on the last ball of the innings. Samuels remained unbeaten on 133. 

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