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Gayle storm sets up a win for West Indies

Winning the toss and batting first Windies lost Dwayne Smith on the second delivery. Fortunate to survive an lbw review off his first delivery Gayle batted with uncharacteristic patience in bringing up a 105-ball century. From then on the storm started and Zimbabwe's bowlers suffered heavily at the hands of Gayle.

Samuels's meanwhile got on to his century that went almost unnoticed as Gayle repeatedly cleared the boundary. Both Gayle and Samuels put up a record partnership of 372 runs, a highest odi partnership ever and Gayle topped it up with the highest world cup score of 215 in 147 balls with 16 sixes and 10 fours.

The 35-year-old Jamaica left-hander's innings surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the UAE at Rawalpindi in 1996 and became only the fourth batsman - after Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag and Rohit Sharma - to score a double century in the history of ODIs.

Chasing a rain-revised target of 363 off 48 overs, Zimbabwe scored at almost seven runs an over. The resourceful Williams was the chief architect of a chase that unraveled only after he top-edged a pull off Holder. 


Scoreboard: /icc-cwc-2015-live/results-folder/15th-match-pool-b-west-indies-v-zimbabwe/

Picture Gallery:

1. Zimbabwe celebrates after striking in the first over.


2. This is how Chris Gayle celebrates his century.


3. And that's how he celebrates a double century.


4. Chris Gayle wallops this one over the leg side.


5. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels struck 21 fours and 19 sixes between them in a record 372 run partnership.


6. Sean Williams slams this one on the leg side.


7. Marlon Samuels celebrates Brendan Taylor's wicket.


8. Sean Williams plays a reverse sweep.


9. Chris Gayle shares a lighter moment with umpire Ian Gould.


10. Its all over West Indies celebrate their win.


11. Chris Gayle signs off showing his score and the walks away with the Player of the Match award.