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West Indies vs Zimbabwe

Pool B 15th Match Information

Match: West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 15th Match Pool B ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Date: Feb 24, 2015
Start Time: 3:30 AM GMT
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Steve Davis , Ian Gould
3rd Umpire: Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama

West Indies Squad:

Playing XI: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Jerome Taylor
Bench: Sheldon Cottrell, Darren Bravo,Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn

Zimbabwe Squad:

Playing XI: Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams,Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chatara, Tinashe Panyangara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi

Overview of 1st innings;

Gayle: 'I'm getting a bit of cramps, I'm a bit tired. Scary it was a bit serious, first ball  come on I can't be out. I need a chance. Thank god and that's what I said when I put on my helmet. So many people wanted me to perform badly. On Twitter first time so many people wanted Chris Gayle to perform. Takes the bull by its horns. Eventually the field spread. Sometimes a lot of people see on the field, still struggling with injuries and I'm not getting younger. Age catching up me with as well. The team will gain momentum as we go and meet South Africa. Since the rule came out - with four fielders out, I have made one half-century. I'm happy to get my first double hundred in ODIs. I'm satisfied.'

The Zimbabwe players looked dejected as they walked off the field. That is understandable considering the colossal total on the board. Also, the West Indian bowlers are in fabulous form, having mercilessly destroyed Pakistan in their previous game. All Zimbabwe can do is take it one ball at a time and concentrate on building partnerships. The match was under the threat of rain for the last one hour or so. But the slight drizzle was not heavy enough to take the players off the field. Let's hope the rain stays away for the second innings. Join us back for the chase in a few minutes...

The highlight of the innings was no doubt, the burly Chris Gayle, who became the only non-Indian batsmen to get a double hundred in ODIs. This, by the way, is the fastest double ton in ODIs and also the highest individual score in World Cups. The intimidating Jamaican smashed 10 fours and 16 huge sixes thoroughly destroying Zimbabwe's bowling attack. West Indies scored 152 in the last 10 overs to finish on this monstrous total. For Zimbabwe except Sikandar Raza all bowlers went for over 6 an over. The duo of Gayle and Samuels completely spoiled the figures of the remaining bowlers, who had enjoyed a decent run until the powerplay.

The West Indian batsmen struggled initially get bat on ball but eventually managed to steady the ship. Zimbabwe who was able to keep them quiet in the middle overs failed to sustain the momentum for long. Gayle brought up his fifty subsequently also crossing 9000 ODI runs. He became only the second West Indian after Brian Lara to achieve this landmark. Samuels who looked streaky initially, got going once he went past his fifty as well. West Indies accelerated in the third over of the batting powerplay and never looked back since then. They scored 55 runs in the powerplay and kept hammering the bowlers ruthlessly from there on.

West Indies finish on a mammoth 372 on the board, the fifth highest team total in World Cups. In fact, they have posted above 300 in all of their three games so far. The credit for this total goes to Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who put up the highest partnership in ODI history for any wicket. At the start of the innings Zimbabwe were terrific, with Panyangara snaring the wicket of Dwayne Smith on the second ball of the innings. Chris Gayle then survived a close lbw review later in the same over.

Gayle walks off the field amidst cheers from the crowd. He waves his bat towards the crowd, who applaud for the belligerent display they have been witness to today. You put him under too much pressure and this is how he responds. He was under fire from all quarters for his poor form coming into this game. His response was the fastest double ton in ODI. It was just special to witness the knock. Even though there was a drizzle and strong breeze at the Manuka Oval, it was the Gayleforce that blew everyone away. Bow down to the champion from West Indies.

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