CANBERRA: West Indian hard hitting batsman Chris Gayle registered first ever double-hundred in a World Cup match when he scored 215 off only 147 balls against Zimbabwe in a Group-B match here at Manuka Oval on Tuesday as West Indies put a mammoth total 372-2 on board.
Gayle, who looked out of touch in the first two games, made a strong comeback and recorded a whirlwind double hundred with the help of 16 sixes and 10 boundaries.
However, the opener lost his wicket on the last ball of their inning, when Elton Chigumbura caught him off Hamilton Masakadza ball.
Earlier, Zimbabwe removed opener Dwayne Smith on duck in the very first over of the match to make a good start but then onwards their bowler never seemed to be in the game as Gayle hit the double hundred while Marlon Samuels scored unbeaten 133 off 156 balls.
Gayle smashed the previous record of highest score in a World Cup match held by South African opener Gary Kirsten, who scored unbeaten 188 against UAE in 1996.
The team’s total of 372 is the fifth highest and highest in this ongoing edition.