West Indies win by 73 runs over Zimbabwe after Chris Gayle’s record double century
Nirapad News : West Indies earned a big win over Zimbabwe as they commandingly defeated them by 73 runs in a thrilling high scoring match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday. This was West Indies’ second win on a trot in the tournament after losing their opening game to Ireland and bouncing back to win their second game against Pakistan.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss, elected to field first and posted a mammoth total of 372 for the loss of two wickets. Chris Gayle was the highlight of the innings, scoring a massive 215 off 147 deliveries, while Marlon Samuels remained unbeaten on 133. They also put up an all-time record partnership for any wicket for the score itself.
Early rain reduced Zimbabwe’s target to 363 from 48 overs, but despite a gallant effort led by Sean Williams (76) and Craig Irvine (52) the Zimbabweans were bowled out for 289.
Gayle added to his runs with figures of 2 for 35 and a catch, while opening bowlers Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder took three wickets each.