Written by Staff Writer
24 Feb, 2015 | 6:49 pm
Zimbabwe met their pool B opponents, West Indies, in the ICC cricket World Cup 2015 at the Manuka oval in Canberra on Tuesday.
Winning the toss and batting first, West Indies lost its first wicket for 0. But a long standing partnership of Opener Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels led them to score a massive 372.
Incidentally, Tuesday’s encounter saw a number of new records as Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history.
The left-hander scored 215 off 147 balls, including 16 sixes and 10 fours.
Zimbabwe bowlers suffered heavily at the hands of Gayle and Samuel. Tinashe Panyangara and Hamilton Masakadza shared a wicket each for Zimbabwe.
Chasing a rain-revised target of 363 off 48 overs, Zimbabwe lost its first three wickets before reaching 50.
Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams joined hands to take Zimbabwe’s tally past hundred. Zimbabwe continued to fight with Sean Williams and Craig Ervine scoring fifties. but were bowled out for 289 in 44.3 overs.
Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder shared three wickets a piece.
Chris Gayle walked away with the man of the match award.
West Indies losing to Ireland, its Tuesday’s win took them level on points with India at the top of Pool B, going into their meeting with South Africa on Friday.
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