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Chris Gayle smashes double ton, records and Zimbabwe

Gayle smashed first 200 in WCs, took 2 wickets and shared a record 372-run stand with Samuels as WI beat Zim.

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Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza before the match "If he gets going, he's pretty hard to stop". The 'he' is Chris Gayle. Think Masakadza knew it that Gayle will fire but 215? Not really. Gayle and Marlon Samuels shared a record 372-run stand as West Indies thrashed Zimbabwe by 73 runs. (Source: Reuters)

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The start to the West Indies innings was not ideal. Dwayne Smith was bowled on the second ball of the match. West Indies 0/1. (Source: AP)

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Chris Gayle played it easy for his first 50 runs. His fifty came in 51 balls. (Source: AP)

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A hundred for Chris Gayle. First in 20 innings. This one came in 105 balls. (Source: Reuters)

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Then there was nothing to stop Chris Gayle. He smashed 16 sixes in his innings - a record equalling feat in ODIs. His third fifty came in 20 balls. (Source: AP)

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His fourth came is just 12 balls and his 200 in just 138 balls. Chris Gayle became the fourth batsman to hit a 200 in ODIs and first in World Cup. He broke way to many records on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters)

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Meanwhile, Marlon Samuels also scored a hundred off 143 balls with nine fours. (Source: AP)

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This scorecard will be remembered for long. West Indies finished with 372/2, their highest total in ODIs. It was the highest partnership in ODIs for any wicket. (Source: Reuters)

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Even the rain Gods hailed Chris Gayle with rain in Canberra. It was brief but Zimbabwe's new target was 363. (Source: Reuters)

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By the end of the eighth over, Zimbabwe were reduced to 46/3 and looked in real trouble with the required rate creeping up. (Source: Reuters)

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Sean Williams alongwith Brendon Taylor kept Zimbabwe going. They kept the RR under control and Williams even scored a half-century - a 61-ball 76. (Source: Reuters)

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Andre Russell bouncer to Brendon Taylor. Taylor played a good innings of 37 before third umpire gave him caught behind on a West Indies review which showed the ball taking Taylor's arm. (Source: Reuters)

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He bats, he bowls, he is lively on the field and he dances! Jason Holder forgot that it was Chris Gayle's day and gave him the ball in the 34th over. You know what he did, don't you? Sean Ervine b Gayle 52. Zimbabwe 226/6 (Source: AP)

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Zimbabwe made sure they didn't lose big. West Indies conceded some late runs but won it by 73 runs in the end. The easiest question of this lifetime is - who was the man-of-the-match in this match? No prizes for guessing the answer. West Indies next play South Africa on Friday while Zimbabwe take on Pakistan on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)