Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double...
Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval. (Live World Cup 2015: West Indies vs Zimbabwe)
The opener’s 215 was the highest individual innings in a World Cup match, the third highest in any one-day international, and formed the large part of a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out), also an one-day record.
The dreadlocked 35-year-old slugged 16 sixes — tying the one-day record — as well as 10 fours in his 147-ball knock and even though he was dismissed with the last ball of the innings, West Indies were set fair at 372 for two.
Zimbabwe had their run-chase trimmed to 363 from 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain briefly interrupted the contest and they initially made a good fist of it.
Brendan Taylor was unfortunate to be dismissed for 37 after a controversial third umpire referral and middle order batsmen Sean Williams (76) and Craig Ervine (52) also put in good shifts.
When Gayle (2-35) returned with the ball to dismiss Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri (19) with his off-spin, however, the writing was on the wall for Zimbabwe and they were all out for 289 in the 45th over.
After starting their campaign with an embarrassing upset at the hands of Ireland, West Indies look on course for a place in the quarter-finals after impressive wins over Pakistan and now Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Panyangara misses a catch off West Indies’ Chris Gayle during their World Cup Cricket match in Canberra. Reuters
The match had started well for the Africans with Tinashe Panyangara bowling Dwayne Smith for a duck on the second ball and coming within a whisker of dismissing Gayle lbw in the same over.
Gayle, under fire after a poor run of form, made the most of the reprieve even if the stifling of his aggressive instincts meant his 22nd one-day century was by no means the most fluent of his career.
Once he reached the milestone with the first ball of the batting powerplay, however, he punished the Zimbabwean bowlers as only he can, smashing the ball around the ground almost at will.
He had brought up his 50 and century with singles but it was with a four that he reached the historic double century in the 46th over, the first non-Indian to achieve the feat.
Samuels, meanwhile, was caution personified for most of his 156-ball innings until finally cutting loose as he and Gayle hammered 152 runs off the last 10 overs.
Here are highlights from today’s World Cup Pool B match between West Indies and Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval in Canberra:
45th over – Miller gets his first wicket to end the Zimbabwe innings, bowling Tendai Chatara between bat and pad for 16. ZIM: 289 all out.
41st over – Gayle gets his name on the scoreboard again with an athletic catch at extra cover to dismiss Elton Chigumbura for 21 off the bowling of Taylor. ZIM: 266-9
39th over – Taylor has Panyangara caught behind for four courtesy of a nick off his gloves. ZIM: 256-8
38th over – Tinashe Panyangara survives an appeal and referral for lbw off Gayle and Elton Chigumbura slogs the bowler for a six. ZIM: 254-7
36th over – Gayle takes his second wicket, trapping Stuart Matsikenyeri leg before for 19. ZIM: 240-7
34th over – Chris Gayle comes into the attack with his right-arm spin and makes an immediate breakthrough, bowling Ervine for 52 off 41 balls. ZIM: 228-6
33rd over – Ervine hooks the ball for four to bring up his sixth halfcentury. ZIM: 224-5
31st over – Ervine, on 34, is dropped off Miller by Taylor on the boundary. ZIM: 205-5
30th over – Ervine hits a straight four then a brilliant six to square leg with a flick off the bottom of the bat. Another pulled four behind square gives him 16 off the over. ZIM: 197-5
28th over – Williams hits a single to square leg to bring up the 50 partnership with Ervine but is dismissed two balls later for 76. Holder, bowling around the wicket, sends down short ball that Williams tries to pull but only succeeds in sending it ballooning to Dwayne Smith at mid-wicket. ZIM: 177-5
27th over – Craig Ervine hits back-to-back fours off Samuels for his first boundaries. ZIM: 174-4
22nd over – Williams slashes at the ball and gets two runs to reach his 19th ODI half century. ZIM: 142-4
21st over – Marlon Samuels breaks the partnership in controversial circumstances. An appeal for caught behind is denied but West Indies refer. TV replays show the ball came off the batsman’s arm but the umpire’s finger goes up in any case. Taylor trudges off with 37 runs in a partnership of 80. ZIM: 130-4
18th over – Miller’s fifth over goes for 10 runs with both batsmen hitting fours. ZIM: 115-3
16th over – Sean Williams hits a four to third man on a reverse sweep to bring up the 50 partnership with Taylor. ZIM: 98-3
12th over – Brendan Taylor paddles the ball into a gap in the field at long leg for a six. ZIM: 68-3
10th over – Spinner Nikita Miller gives up four runs in his first ODI over in a year. ZIM: 54-3
8th over – Raza falls for 26 to Holder, holing out in the deep where Lendl Simmons has plenty of time to get in position and take the catch. ZIM: 46-3
6th over – Raza hits back-to-back fours off Holder. ZIM: 34-2
5th over – Taylor strikes on the sixth ball after resumption. Hamilton Masakadza trapped lbw. Calls for a review but it was plumb in front. ZIM: 26-2
The innings is resumed with Zimbabwe’s target trimmed to 363 from 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
3rd over – Rain gets heavier again and the umpires call the players off midway through the over. ZIM: 18-1
2nd over – Jason Holder concedes a four to Sikandar Raza off his first delivery but three balls later traps Regis Chakabva lbw for two.
The umpire initially turns down his appeal but the West Indies skipper demands a review, which shows no obvious inside edge and that the ball would have hit the leg stump. ZIM: 16-1
1st over – Jerome Taylor takes the new ball for West Indies and concedes six runs, two from extras. ZIM: 6-0
West Indies innings
50th over – Chatara is pulled off by the umpire for bowling two beamers in an over. Masakadza steps in for the last two balls and has Gayle caught in the deep for 215 with the second. WI 372-2
48th over – Samuels hits a four for his eighth century in ODIs and then grabs a single to make his partnership with Gayle the highest for any wicket in a one-day international. WI 334-1
46th over – Gayle’s 16th six equals the record for ODIs, currently held by India’s Rohit Sharma and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Three balls later and a four makes him the first batsman to score a double century at a World Cup. WI 317-1
44th over – Gayle’s 12th six takes him to 161, past his previous best one-day international innings of 153 not out, which he scored against Zimbabwe in 2003. WI 279-1
42nd over – It is Chigumbura’s turn to take some punishment with the West Indies batsmen milking 18 runs. 251-1
40th over – Panyangara’s second over of his second spell goes for 17, all but one from the bat of Gayle. WI 220-1
38th over – Panyangara comes back on for Zimbabwe but his hammered for 18 in his first over, the highlight a Gayle six over midwicket. WI 195-1
36th over – Gayle reaches his 22nd ODI century with a single off the first over of the batting power play. Celebrates on the final ball of the over by flicking a Chatara delivery for six. WI 175-1
33rd over – Gayle is five runs short of his century but Raza bowls a maiden to him. WI 158-1
31st over – A single off Raza brings up the 150 partnership and three balls later another gives Samuels his 26th ODI half century. WI 154-1
30th over – Just four singles in the over keeps the strike rate down as West Indies inch towards a respectable score. WI: 149-1
29th over – Another six over long-on helps take Gayle to 89 in a eight-ball over in which Raza bowls a couple of wides. WI: 145-1
28th over – A single off Hamilton Masakadza takes Gayle to 79 and gives him 9,000 runs in one-day internationals. WI: 131-1
26th over – Rain increasingly heavy but Gayle perhaps looking more ominous for the Africans after hitting back-to-back sixes off Tafadzwa Kamungozi. WI: 121-1
24th over – Gayle brings up the 100 runs, and century partnership, with a single to mid-off. Rain starting to fall on Manuka Oval. WI: 100-1
18th over – Gayle gets a free-hit off Chigumbura and clubs the ball over extra cover for six. Brings up his 47th ODI half century in uncharacteristic style with a sprinted single. WI: 83-1
17th over – Sikandar Raza brings his right-arm spin into the attack and almost makes the breakthrough Zimbabwe so desperately need. Samuels cuts it to point but the fielder drops it. WI: 73-1
14th over – Chigumbura tightens the screws with another solid over but Samuels get four runs off the last two balls. WI: 61-1
11th over – Sean Williams comes on to tempt Gayle with his left-arm spin but the big batsman comes out on top in the first over, slogging a big six high and over the long-on boundary. WI: 49-1
10th over: Another tight over from Chatara with just one four conceded through the covers from Samuels. West Indies will be pleased to have survived a rocky start to their innings. WI: 43-1
6th over – Gayle opens up with two clubbed fours but miscues a shot through extra cover on the fifth ball of Chatara’s over which Elton Chigumbura is just unable to reach. WI: 31-1
4th over – Gayle does not quite get hold of the ball but succeeds in hitting Tendai Chatara just over the fielder at mid-on for his first four. WI: 16-1
3rd over – Marlon Samuels hits the first boundary of the innings, hammering a full, wide delivery from Panyangara to the offside rope for four. WI: 10-1
1st over – Brilliant opening over from Tinashe Panyangara, who clean bowls Dwayne Smith with his second delivery and comes close to dismissing Chris Gayle lbw with his fourth. Zimbabwe request a review but technology shows the ball going just over the bails. WI: 3-1
West Indies: J Holder (c), C Gayle, D Smith, M Samuels, J Carter, D Ramdin, L Simmons, D Sammy, A Russell, J Taylor, N Miller
Zimbabwe: E Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, R Chakabva, H Masakadza, B Taylor, S Williams, C Ervine, S Matsikenyeri, T Panyangara, T Chatara, T Kamungozi.
Philander to miss Windies match with hamstring injury
(Reuters) South Africa seamer Vernon Philander will miss the World Cup clash against West Indies and is in doubt for the following game against Ireland next week, the team said on Tuesday.
Philander tweaked his left hamstring during the Proteas’ 130-run humbling by India in Melbourne on Sunday and bowled only four overs.
He had scans on his hamstring on Monday and they confirmed a grade one strain which will mean a week to 10 days on the sidelines, the team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.
“The Ireland match, as we speak, is eight days away,” Moosajee said in a statement on Tuesday.
“With the recovery period being a week to 10 days, we have to give him every opportunity to make sure that he can be available.
“At the same time we don’t want to be foolish by taking short-cuts … If he passes all the fitness tests and is symptom free going into the Ireland game he may play but at this stage it is too early to tell.”
Philander’s injury disrupted South Africa’s attack against India on Sunday, with the defending champions scoring over 300 and smashing all-rounder Wayne Parnell for more than 80 runs from his nine overs of seam bowling.
One of the world’s best swing bowlers, Philander will be hard to be replaced, with backup paceman Kyle Abbott having played only 11 ODI matches.
Windies forced into two changes
(Reuters) – West Indies captain Jason Holder was forced to make two changes to his team in the World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.
Both teams lost their opening match of the tournament but won their second and whoever wins the 45th one-day international between the two will move to second spot in the pool behind India.
“We’re going to bat first, it seems to be a pretty good wicket,” Holder said. “We’ve played here before and done well when we’ve batted so hopefully we’ll put some runs on the board.
“Our top four batters have started to set it up but not carried on so we’re stressing to them to just carry it on.”
As expected, Darren Bravo misses the match because of a low-grade hamstring tear he sustained during the emphatic victory over Pakistan in Christchurch on Saturday that revived West Indies’ campaign after the opening defeat to Ireland.
Jonathan Carter comes into the top order and will be looking for a strong performance to ensure he remains in the side for Friday’s encounter with South Africa, which Bravo is also likely to miss.
Tall spinner Sulieman Benn was also ruled out with a recurring back problem and Nikita Miller get his chance to show off his left-arm orthodox spin.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said he too would have batted had he won the toss and he was also forced to make one change to his side.
All rounder Solomon Mire has been ruled out so Stuart Matsikenyeri gets to play his first one-day international in more than three years.
Zimbabwe had been hoping to bring Chamu Chibhabha back into the team after he missed the four-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates last Thursday in Nelson with a knee injury.
The opener, who scored a half century against South Africa in the opening defeat, was unable to prove his fitness and Regis Chakabva retains his place at the top of the order.