15th Match, Pool B (D/N), Canberra, Feb 24 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(44.3/48 ov, target 363)289
West Indies won by 73 runs (D/L method)
player of the match
Chris Gayle
West Indies

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

Tendai Chatara b Miller 16 (25m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80
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

end of over 449 runs
ZIM: 285/9CRR: 6.47 RRR: 19.50 • Need 78 runs from 24b
Tafadzwa Kamungozi6 (9)
Tendai Chatara14 (17)
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

Gayle to Kamungozi, no run

gives this plenty of rip as Kamungozi ends up hitting this behind of square on the leg side

Gayle to Chatara, 1 run

once again looking to force it through the region, this time to find long on

Gayle to Chatara, no run

this time gets it away more towards midwicket, but picks out the fielder

Gayle to Chatara, no run

goes round the wicket now as Chatara can do no better than strike this one back to Gayle

Gayle to Chatara, FOUR runs

given enough width to cut outside his off stump, which he does with ease as Chatara finds the boundary

end of over 435 runs
ZIM: 276/9CRR: 6.41 RRR: 17.40 • Need 87 runs from 30b
Tendai Chatara9 (13)
Tafadzwa Kamungozi2 (7)
Jerome Taylor10-0-38-3
Chris Gayle5-0-26-2
Taylor to Chatara, 1 run

digs out this yorker speared in on leg-stump, getting this one away through to deep fine leg

Taylor to Chatara, no run

follows the batsman as he sees him coming down the track, with this one angling leg-side as Chatara reared his head out of the way

Taylor to Kamungozi, 1 run

drives this fuller one to the man at mid-off before haring down to the non-striker's

aditya: "What Tony Pulis is for football, Dav Wathmore is for cricket "

Taylor to Kamungozi, no run

ducks under this shorter one on middle and leg

Taylor to Chatara, 1 run

ramps this short, wide delivery to the man stationed out at third man

Taylor to Chatara, 2 runs

Chatara gets away with this mistimed pull, with this flying over the keeper's head, who tried to get to it, but falls in the deep at fine leg