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West Indies opener
slammed ten fours and
16 sixes in his innings
of 215 off 147 balls in
a 73-run win over
Zimbabwe at the
World Cup, yesterday.
"Now everyone has
forgotten Gayle s bad
run of form, and will
only talk about how
his 16 sixes lit up Can-
and World Cup analyst
on Chris Gayle s dou-
Gayle: I can't be out first ball
CHRIS GAYLE - 215 (147 balls)
Percentage of runs in boundaries:
Percentage of dot balls faced: 40.13
No. of balls for first hundred: 105
No. of balls for second hundred: 33
Strike-rate (per hundred balls):
Innings since last century: 19
Average in previous seven innings
this year: 15.85
Chris Gayle has become the first person to score a
double century in a World Cup match as batting records
tumbled in West Indies encounter against Zimbabwe.
The destructive opener overcame a nervy start, including
surviving a tight lbw call in the first over, to thump ten
fours and an incredible 16 sixes in a superb knock of 215
off 147 deliveries---the third highest one-day international
score of all time.
The 35-year-old needed just 33 balls in his second ton
as he moved into an elite club, with Gary Kirsten recording
the previous highest score at cricket s premier 50-over com-
petition when he made 188 not out for South Africa against
the United Arab Emirates in February 1996.
Gayle s landmark innings was the first individual One-
Day double hundred outside of India and the fifth overall.
He fell to the final ball of the innings as the Windies
reached 372 for two, before Zimbabwe were dismissed for
289 in reply with Gayle rounding off a superb day with a
brace of wickets.
The left-hander also played his part in setting the highest
ever partnership in ODIs as he and Marlon Samuels (133
not out) scored all of their side s runs.
Zimbabwe actually made an ideal start despite losing the
toss as Tinashe Panyangara s second delivery nipped back
into Dwayne Smith s off stump, but that was as good as
Gayle was rapped on the pads two balls later but he was
reprieved by the on-field umpire and the decision review
It was a crucial let-off for the veteran left-hander and
he gradually started to find some fluency with a towering
six off Sean Williams giving an indication of what was to
He brought up his century---his 22nd in ODIs and first
since June 2013---in the 36th over, a position from which
he propelled himself in expert fashion.
Gayle was given a life on 121 when he was caught on the
long-on boundary, but the umpire correctly ruled bowler
Tinashe Panyangara had overstepped and the batsman made
sure they were punished.
He fell to the final ball, skying a catch to midwicket, but
by then it was damage limitation for the Zimbabweans.
Gayle and Samuels partnership eclipsed the previous
best of 331 set by Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul
Dravid against New Zealand in Hyderabad in November
Gayle admitted he rode his luck in the early going but
is relieved he discovered some form at the right time.
"With the innings, I struggled at the start and it was
scary the first ball. I was like come on you re not serious,
I can t be out on this first ball . I needed a chance and got
a break and made the best use of it," he said on Sky Sports
"There s been a lot of pressure and the runs haven t been
coming. This is the first time ever in my career that so
many people wanted me to score runs and the messages
keep coming in on Twitter, it s the first time I ve ever seen
so many people wanting Chris Gayle to perform.
"In the end, I m glad I gave them something to actually
"Overall, I m really happy and I want to try and build
on this as much as possible. The team can gain some
momentum going into South Africa."
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle hits the ball to the boundary during their Cricket World Cup Pool B
match against Zimbabwe in Canberra, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Tamar Lambert says a lack of
confidence has been haunting the
team's batsmen throughout the 2014-
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Lambert was reacting to Jamaica's
latest defeat in the PCL, a 178 run loss
to T&T Red Force inside three days at
Sabina Park on Sunday.
Jamaica, the most successful team
in the first-class game over the last
decade, have suffered three straight
losses in the inaugural PCL.
"It's a lack of confidence because a
lot of us as batsmen in the dressing
room are really struggling," Lambert
"We didn't bat properly in the two
innings in the game. I don't think we
bowled properly, and at the end of the
day we must give credit to Trinidad
and Tobago because they
Lack of confidence haunting Jamaica---Lambert
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