Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.47 pm: It was a day for rewriting history. Dark clouds hovered over the Manuka Oval for most of the day, and we should have seen the signs....

Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way into the record books by scoring the first ODI double hundred in a World Cup, not to mention the fact that he became the first non-Indian to do so, and the first to achieve the milestone outside of India.

Suffice to say, this is the highest score ever made by an individual in the tournament's history. And in true Gayle style, this is the fastest ODI double century of all-time.

If that wasn't enough, Samuels and Gayle also broke the long-standing highest partnership for any wicket in an ODI, compiling 372 runs for the second wicket, which beat the old record of 331 set by Dravid and Tendulkar back in 1999. This is also the highest total for the West Indies in an ODI.

If you want more, then how about the fact that he equaled the record for most sixes in an ODI with 16, putting himself in illustrious company along AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma.

Much was said about his misfiring habit of late, but he has silenced the doubters, and the world, in a big way. This World Cup is proving to become one for the ages.

We sincerely hope you enjoyed our coverage today of this epic between West Indies and Zimbabwe. Don't forget to tune into Match Point, and to return tomorrow as Ireland and UAE square off at the Gabba. That match will be live at 1.30 pm local time.

Till then though, this is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo, as I search for an ice bowl to dip my fingers in.

Chris Gayle, Man of the Match: It was a fantastic day for me. From a team point of view it was a great all-round performance. We are looking forward to the next match against SA. When you work hard, then you start to see the results. Glad I was able to produce the goods today and score my first ODI double century. Losing Smith early was a blow, so when Marlon came we just tried to consolidate. It was a bit slow early on so we tried to make the necessary adjustments early on Eventually things became easier for us, and then eventually we were able to get this big total. Marlon also accelerated at the end too. Not worried about my bowling at all, I am too good. Coming from the loss in the first game, then beating Pakistan, and coming out on top again today, now we have to face South Africa. We have to settle scores against them after they beat us 4-1 recently.

No prizes for guessing Man of the Match. It is Chris Gayle

Don't go anywhere just yet as we are expecting quotes from the match presentation. We will also be having a live show of Match Point for you in just a little while.

Elton Chigumbura:: "There is a lot of work to be done. Gayle's lbw was just unlucky, but he played a massive innings today. I think we will be fine (morale wise), we have to just forget about what happened today. Obviously it was a hard score to chase down, it is a matter of just working hard, hopefully our bowling comes into play in the next game, and if we are chasing, hopefully we are chasing a lower score."

Jason Holder has a huge grin as he walks up: "It was a very good pitch, we needed some leeway for our bowling. We are gaining some momentum as we go, having four fielders outside is pretty difficult. Chris is a very entertaining player, he's leading the century list for West Indian players."

10.30 pm: This historic day in the Australian capital comes to a close as West Indies finally triumph against a spirited Zimbabwe to pull off a 73-run win (D/L method). Chris Gayle provided all the fireworks early on with his majestic 215, before he chipped in again with some vital strikes with the ball. Marlon Samuels also got some valuable time out in the middle, as he fought his way to 133*. The chase had its moments, with Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams putting on an 80-run stand for the fourth wicket, but once that broke the wickets started to come a bit more regularly for the West Indies.

Miller to Chatara, OUT, and Miller sneaks through the gate to wrap up a convincing 73-run victory over Zimbabwe. This one drifted in, with the batsman leaving daylight between bat and pad

TL Chatara b Miller 16 (25m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Miller to Chatara, 2 runs, chips away the bowler through to deep midwicket, running a brace in the process
Miller to Chatara, no run, defended with the bat, and softly to the leg side
Miller to Chatara, 1 wide, another one he gets wrong as he is penalised once more
Miller to Chatara, 1 wide, fires one down the leg side, before straightening, but is called a wide

Nikita Miller has been brought back on to try and prise this final wicket

44 | 9 Runs | ZIM: 285/9 (78 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.47, RRR: 19.50)

  • Tafadzwa Kamungozi6 (9b)
  • Tendai Chatara14 (17b)
  • Chris Gayle6-0-35-2
  • Jerome Taylor10-0-38-3

Amit Garg: "Massive respect for all the associate nations. They have proved time and again that they are not crossovers and if they are going down they won't go without giving a fight. ICC should definately reconsider their decision regarding the next world cup's format. It becomes much more interesting when you have such teams who are hungry to perform on the big stage and get noticed with the big boys of world cricket."

Gayle to Kamungozi, FOUR runs, ends the over with a fortuitous boundary through cow corner which he gets away rather abruptly

Where are the wins?


Number of top-8 teams who haven't won more matches than they have lost over the last 5 World Cups: WI are the only team.

Efficient Ervine


Number of 40+ scores for Craig Ervine in his last five ODI innings. Three of those four scores have been against the West Indies.

WI 6, Zim 0


Number of times that West Indies have beaten Zimbabwe in a World Cup match. They have never lost.