Gayle goes on a Rampage
The world cup match between West Indies and Zimbabwe was an epic one. There were a couple of records being broken by a huge margin. First was the highest individual score by an individual in the world cup which was 188 held by Gary Kirsten up until today and the second being the highest ODI partnership for any wicket held by Sir Sachin and Sir Dravid.
Gayle brought with him quite a riot of sixes and fours in the World Cup. He scored a double ton, the first ever in World Cup history. The double ton included 10 fours and 16 sixes. What made this double ton a more remarkable feat was the fact that the match was played at Canberra. It is one of the largest grounds in the world, not in terms of seating capacity but in terms of the boundary length. Some ends are as long as 95 meters.
The toss Source
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. They lost Dwayne Smith on the second ball of the match but who would have thought at that point that the match would enfold the way it did. There on Samuels and Gayle played cautiously and slowly started building a partnership. Gayle completed his century of 105 balls and that was the point from where Gayle accelerated. His next hundred came of just 38 balls. He got out on the last ball of the West Indian innings but by then the damage had been done. They had piled up 372 runs on the board. Samuels and Gayle’s partnership of 372 runs was the highest ODI partnership for any wicket.
Samuels acknowledges the crowd Source
Chasing 373 would prove to be a stiff chase for any team. There were couple of good individual performances in the Zimbabwean side. Williams and Ervine played terrific knocks scoring 76 and 52 respectively. But, these were not enough. They needed the whole side to chip in or someone to score big. They were bowled out for 289 runs.
Zimbabwe put their best foot forward Source
Chris Gayle was awarded Man of the Match for his phenomenal batting.
One thing that stood out for the Zimbabwean team was their never die attitude. They fought until the very last and these are traits of a team which is growing by every match.