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Mark Mitchener

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  1. Post update

    Chris Gayle graphic

    But if you've been with us since the wee small hours - and you remember the West Indies Cricket Board chief's retweet controversy relating to a certain left-handed Jamaican opener - it's certainly been Chris Gayle's day.

    To score 215 runs, take two wickets and a catch... it's all in a day's work for the coolest man in cricket. Justin Goulding's match report is already there for your perusal.

    We'll be back again at 03:00 GMT tomorrow morning for Ireland against the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. Hope you can join us then - TTFN.

  2. What you've also missed...

    As well as Chris Gayle passing 200, there was also a landmark cricketing 200 elsewhere in the Antipodes - England's women marked Charlotte Edwards's 200th international match as captain by winning the decisive third match in their Twenty20 international series against New Zealand in Lincoln.

    Read Stephan Shemilt's match report on the BBC Sport website.

  3. Captain's view

    West Indies captain Jason Holder: "It was important that one of the two individuals batting stayed in until at least the 45th over so we can score more than 300. We're gaining momentum which is important, but having four fielders outside the circle in this format is difficult, so we've got to work on it.

    "Chris is an outstanding player, it's great to have him back in form and hopefully he can carry it through the tournament."

  4. Captain's view

    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura: "It's been our weakness in the three games so far. There is a lot of work to be done. We were unlucky with the Gayle lbw but he played a massive innings today and it made a big difference. Gayle is the kind of player who is destructive but we just have to forget about what happened today.

    "We are not executing our skills, especially at the death. Hopefully our bowling will come into play in the next game."

  5. What you've missed...

    It's been a phenomenal day of record breaking. West Indies lost Dwayne Smith to the second ball of their innings - but after Chris Gayle had narrowly avoided being given out lbw to the first ball he faced, he and Marlon Samuels set about rebuilding the innings.

    Gayle hit 215 - the first World Cup double century - with a record-equalling 16 sixes, while his stand of 372 with Samuels was a record ODI partnership for any wicket.

    Read more about Gayle's record-breaking day on the BBC Sport website.

  6. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Patrinos: Fair play to Zim for making a reasonable fist of a virtually impossible chase.

    Chris Pratt: Good effort from Zimbabwe. Don't forget what could have been but the dodgy decision on Brendan Taylor.

    apple core: Give Chris Gayle the cheque and trophy for performance of the tournament now!

  7. Man of the match

    More from Chris Gayle: "It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 at home so we'll be concentrating on that too. I've been working hard, but we want to build on this as much as possible. It was a tricky start, but things became easier for us and it was a fantastic effort to get that big total. I'm not worried about my bowling at all - trust me, I'm too good."

  8. Post update

    Zimbabwe batsman Sean Williams on TMS: "I thought we had Gayle out in the first over. From the naked eye it looked out but obviously the Hawk-Eye didn't go our way. Gayle can clear any ground in the world.

    "I started off very well, but obviously I have got to build on this and learn from it and score some big runs. If I had stayed with Craig Ervine, we could have got a lot closer."

  9. Man of the match

    West Indies opener Chris Gayle on TMS: "Great team effort, our start was a bit shaky losing Smith early, myself and Marlon had to consolidate. The runs had dried up a bit so to get a double hundred was fantastic and hopefully I can build on this. The wicket was a bit slow, but I was happy we targeted the bowlers we wanted to target."

  10. Final Scorecard

    Zimbabwe 289 (44.3 overs): Williams 76, Ervine 52

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Chakavba 2), 26-2 Masakadza (5), 46-3 (Raza 26), 126-4 (Taylor 38), 177-5 (Williams 76), 226-6 (Ervine 52), 239-7 (Matsikenyeri 19), 254-8 (Panyangara 4), 266-9 (Chigumbura 21)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 10-0-38-3, Holder 7-0-48-3, Miller 6.3-0-48-1, Samuels 9-0-59-1, Russell 5-0-44-0, Sammy 1-0-8-0, Gayle 6-0-35-2

    West Indies 372-2: Gayle 215, Samuels 133*

    West Indies won toss


  11. Champagne moment


  12. WICKET

    Chatara b Miller 16 (Zim 289 all out)

    Nikita Miller's back on - too late to bowl to Elton - but he wraps it up by bowling Chatara through the gate, via the flap of his back pad.

  13. Zim 285-9 (Chatara 14*, Kamungozi 6*)

    With the required run target off in the realms of fantasy, Zimbabwe have five overs to bat out (of the reduced figure of 48) which could soften the blow to their net run rate. Gayle bowls so slowly that he could probably operate from a standing start, but Kamungozi is going to have a bit of fun here, pulling only the fifth boundary of his international career through mid-wicket.

  14. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Gayle is the first player to score 200 and take two wickets in the same ODI. He is also the first player to make 150, take two wickets and take a catch in the same ODI."

  15. Zim 276-9 (target 363 from 48)

    Taylor into his last over, then. Chatara helps himself to a two, then hangs his bat out to poke a single to third man - clearly without an eye on protecting the last man. Kamungozi appears to be batting in sunglasses (under floodlights) - maybe that's why he's not connecting too cleanly with the ball. (Maybe I'm being cruel and they're those modern-style light-enhancers). Taylor nearly wipes Chatara out with a bouncer which the number 10 dives out of the way of it. Taylor finishes with 3-38 from his 10.

  16. Zim 271-9 (target 363 from 48)

    "Goldenarm" Gayle already has two wickets and a catch, can he finish it for West Indies? He rattles through his over, but only has a couple of singles and a couple of wides to show for it.

  17. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Brandon: Elton Chigumbura has got to be one of the best names out there.

    With Nikita Miller not having bowled since the 31st over, fans of a certain UK pop legend might also be disappointed that we didn't see Elton face the bowling of Nikita. Oh no, Nikita, you'll never know...

  18. Zim 266-9

    Tafadzwa Kamungozi is Zimbabwe's last man. His ODI batting average is a Panesaresque 4.20.

  19. WICKET

    Chigumbura c Gayle b Taylor 21 (Zim 266-9)

    Can Taylor finish off Zimbabwe? He's into his ninth over, Elton Chigumbura perishes when he hits a low catch to cover, and who's there to take the catch? Christopher Henry Gayle.

  20. Zim 262-8 (Chigumbura 18*, Chatara 2*)

    Chigumbura hoists Gayle towards cow corner, a diving stop on the rope isn't quite in time (the third ump decides) so it brings him four. That's it for the batting powerplay, if anyone's noticed... while the required target is 101 from 48 balls.

    Some news from the ECB: Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has been elected unopposed as the board's new chairman. He will replace Giles Clarke in the post. Meanwhile, the board has approved the creation of a new position of ECB president (to represent the ECB on the ICC board) - and you can pretty much expect the aforementioned "el presidente" to be a certain G Clarke.

  21. Not out

    ...but Chigumbura easily made his ground at the striker's end in time.

  22. Third umpire

    Chatara pokes Gayle for a quick single, there's a chance of a run-out...

  23. Zim 256-8 (target 363 from 48)

    Tendai Chatara is the new batsman - although there's a slight delay as he briefly forgets his helmet. Perhaps mindful of the tale of former UAE captain Sultan Zarawani - who walked out to face Allan Donald at the 1996 World Cup in a sunhat, and was hit on the head first ball - Chatara skips off to retrieve the aforementioned lid. Taylor tests him with a couple of bouncers. A wide takes West Indies' tally to nine wides and two no-balls (not quite as bad as Zimbabwe's 16 wides and five no-balls) while Chatara is off the mark with a single.

  24. WICKET

    Panyangara c Ramdin b Taylor 4 (Zim 254-8)

    Panyangara joins the procession of dismissed Zimbabwean batsmen, nibbling at Taylor and getting a thin edge to the keeper.

  25. Zim 254-7 (target 363 from 48)

    Reprieved, Chigumbura heaves Gayle for six into the crowd at cow corner.

  26. Not out

    It's "umpire's call" for hitting leg stump - so even though about 45% of the ball would have clattered into the stumps, the batsman survives.

  27. Umpire review

    A bit of fun here from the West Indies as Chigumbura is hit on the foot sweeping, and the men from the Caribbean ask for a review on the lbw.

  28. Zim 244-7 (Chigumbura 6*, Panyangara 2*)

    Jerome Taylor, white towel tucked into the back of his trousers, replaces the misfiring Russell, but the big paceman is out of luck as Zimbabwe take four singles from the over.

  29. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Zimbabwe have been impressive with the bat. They could easily have been 120 all out. They are just being let down a little bit by their bowlers."

  30. Zim 240-7 (target 363 from 48)

    Tinashe Panyangara is the new batsman - there is little Zimbabwe can do now, other than try to bat out the 50 overs as it will harm their net run rate less than if they get skittled with overs to spare.

  31. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a quick one that skidded on from Chris Gayle. Zimbabwe can still think about their net run rate here as they target one of the four qualifying spots."

  32. WICKET

    Matsikenyeri lbw b Gayle 19 (Zim 239-7)

    The man-of-the-match engraver can start carving Chris Gayle's name onto the trophy - if he's not done so already - as he's picked up another one here, skidding one on to trap Matsikenyeri lbw.

    A part-time off-spinner wouldn't be most people's choice to bowl in a batting powerplay - but today is Gayle's Day.

  33. Zim 237-6 (Matsikenyeri 18*, Chigumbura 3*)

    Andre Russell to continue - it looks as though he had a visit from the Windies physio after that wicket fell, with apparent concern for his shoulder. But his bowling's not really been up to scratch today, he's carved for four through mid-wicket by Matsikenyeri, while the seventh-wicket pair pick up some singles at will. Would you believe, West Indies were 165-1 at this stage.

  34. Email

    James White in Winchester: If only England had someone as destructive as Gayle… Oh wait, we have, we just didn't pick him. #bringbackKP.

    Kevin Pietersen
  35. Zim 228-6 (target 363 from 48)

    Elton Chigumbura has batted as high as number five for Zimbabwe - it's a sign of the depth of their batting that he's in at number eight, and he's off the mark with two off his second ball.

  36. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A very good innings from the left-hander. That almost certainly in the end of the challenge for Zimbabwe. It's just too far now."

  37. WICKET

    Ervine b Gayle 52 (Zim 226-6)

    You can't keep the coolest man in cricket out of this game. Craig Ervine is clean bowled... by Chris Gayle, who lit up this game with his double century earlier today. It was only the fourth ball of off-spin Gayle had delivered, having been thrown the ball for the 34th over.

    And with Ervine's departure, is it curtains for Zimbabwe?

  38. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Outstanding effort. It's so good to see him being positive. One of those players who gets accused of having only two gears, but he is straight into top gear today."

  39. Ervine 50

    Zim 223-5

    A wristy pull earns Ervine four and brings him his sixth ODI fifty. With captain Jason Holder rotating his bowlers - and for the second time today, turning to Andre Russell straight after a drinks break - Matsikenyeri finds the boundary for the first time, punching a four over the bowler's head.

  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Thapa: Matsikenyeri is experienced and nerveless and Ervine is a really good player. This is not over.

  41. Drinks break

    Zim 213-5 (target 363 off 48)

    Medium-fast seamer Darren Sammy into the attack for the first time today, he's more about guile than outright pace, Ervine goes aerial again, but it doesn't quite carry to the square-leg boundary fielder. Another four through the covers keeps him going. Time for drinks.

    At this point, Zimbabwe need 150 more from 96 balls.

  42. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Harsha Bhogle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Got to admire the spirit with which Zimbabwe are chasing this..."

  43. Dropped catch

    Zim 205-5

    After an over of Taylor, West Indies turn back to front-line spinner Nikita Miller who has changed ends and still has five overs in his allocation. Ervine aims a big blast over the bowler's head and is dropped by Jerome Taylor running round from long-on. He got fingertips from both hands to it but couldn't hang on and the ball slips part him for four.

  44. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 197-5 (30 overs) - target 363 off 48 overs

    Batsmen: Ervine 32*, Matsikenyeri 3*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Chakavba 2), 26-2 Masakadza (5), 46-3 (Raza 26), 126-4 (Taylor 38), 177-5 (Williams 76)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 6-0-23-1, Holder 7-0-48-3, Miller 5-0-36-0, Samuels 9-0-59-0, Russell 3-0-24-0

    West Indies 372-2: Gayle 215, Samuels 133*

    West Indies won toss


  45. Zim 197-5 (target 363 from 48)

    Ervine - very much the senior partner now - drills a four through long-on and swats Holder for a flat six over cow corner, before the Windies captain serves up a pie of a slow bouncer which the left-hander clatters for four through the leg side. 16 form the over - but with the required rate north of nine, Zimbabwe will need plenty more like that.

  46. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Sean Williams has now made eight scores over 70 without reaching 80 in ODIs.

    This is the longest sequence of failing to convert 70 to 80. There are six players who failed to convert 70 into 80 five times in a row: Javed Miandad, Andy Flower, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Damien Martyn, Misbah-ul-Haq, Ross Taylor.

    Sean Williams
  47. Zim 181-5

    Samuels gets the hook after nine overs and West Indies turn back to the pace of Jerome Taylor against the right-handed Matsikenyeri, who has quite a high backlift, waiting with the bat almost above the horizontal as the bowler approaches. Taylor is off-target with a couple of wides, and Matsikenyeri is off the mark with a cut down to third man where Darren Sammy, who has been signing as many autographs as he can down on the boundary, is called upon to do the fielding.

    Zimbabwe are just about halfway - they need 182 from 19 overs (114 balls) but only have five more wickets to play with.

  48. Zim 177-5 (target 363 from 48)

    The new batsman is Stuart Matsikenyeri, preferred today to Solomon Mire. Although billed as an all-rounder by the host broadcaster, Matsikenyeri is primarily a batsman - and he wasn't asked to bowl today. Captain Holder has 3-32 from six overs.

  49. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Williams has gone back, swivelled but not got on top of it. Holder tried a few bouncers earlier and this one has got the wicket. He has come in under a pressure and he managed to play aggressively throughout. The question is, can Zimbabwe still maintain this?"

  50. WICKET

    Williams c Smith b Holder 76 (Zim 177-5)

    Captain Holder's frustration ends - as does Williams's brave knock - as he top-edges a lifter and is easily caught at square leg. It means he misses his ODI best score of 78 not out by two runs.


  51. Zim 174-4 (target 363 from 48)

    Samuels into his ninth over, and Ervine is moving up through the gears as he sweeps and pulls the off-spinner for successive fours. Samuels has 1-59 from nine, and these two have added 48.

  52. Zim 164-4

    Change of bowler, same action as Holder takes Russell out of the attack and brings himself back on. I'm sure he'll be aware that while Zimbabwe are jogging along at over six an over, the required rate is nearer nine than eight. Williams adds a single, but Ervine seems to be using up rather a lot of dot balls - he has six from 13. Williams, with singles at the start and end of the over, has 74 from 56.

  53. Zim 161-4 (target 363 from 48)

    West Indies have Kemar Roach on to do some substitute fielding - Zimbabwean eyes will be on Williams after that visit from the physio, but nine runs from the over indicates something must be working.

    Remarkably, at this stage, West Indies were... 107-1.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former England batsman Mark Butcher: Replays we have (& presumably the 3rd ump does too) show the ball clipping his [Taylor's] thumb before hitting the arm.

  55. Ouch!

    Williams has a visit from the Zimbabwe physio between overs. Looks like a touch of cramp for the left-hander, who has his leg manipulated before the physio lies him on his front and gives him a karate chop-style massage on the back of his leg. He doesn't look entirely happy with the situation, but eventually springs back into action.

  56. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Apparently Williams has had a few brushes with authority. I think he had some sort of grievance. But he has found his way back in."

  57. Zim 152-4 (Williams 63*, Ervine 4*)

    It's not been Andre Russell's day so far, he strays onto Sean Williams's leg stump and the left-hander gratefully on-drives him for four. Lendl Simmons - who has a bullet of a throw from the deep - is kept busy on the boundary as Williams keeps working Russell to leg.

  58. Zim 144-4 (target 363 from 48)

    Samuels wheels away for his seventh successive over, I wonder if we might see his partner-in-runs Chris Gayle have a little off-spinning trundle today? It's a better over from the Windies as it only costs two runs, with Ervine - left-handed like his brother Sean who plays for English county side Hampshire - getting a little tied down by Samuels.

  59. Post update

    Mark Higgs

    Ex-Australia A spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Williams has got a bit to do if Zimbabwe are to get over the line, but he has manipulated the spinners well. He was able to change the field against the spinners, which is a good sign. He looks an elegant left-hander."

    Sean Williams
  60. Williams 50

    Zim 142-4

    Sean Williams reaches his 19th ODI fifty (in his 72nd match) from 39 balls with a well-run two - but he'll probably have to exceed his previous best score of 78 not out if Zimbabwe are to make any kind of challenge for this game. Russell comes round the wicket to Ervine, but only succeeds in overstepping for a no-ball, handing Ervine a free hit. The free hit ball is skied over the covers... but that's a no-ball as well so now Williams has a free hit. Next ball is a wide... so Williams has another free hit - which he blasts over mid-on for four.

  61. Zim 130-4 (target 363 from 48)

    Craig Ervine is the new batsman. He pushes his first ball for a quick single and Williams has to pull out the full-length dive to get home at the striker's end before Ramdin removes the flashing bails. Can't imagine Ervine would have been too popular if he'd run Williams out first ball... Captain Holder makes a good stop in the covers, leading by example.

  62. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jon Amor: Horrific decision, Overturning a correct umpire decision with a guess.

  63. WICKET

    Taylor c Ramdin b Samuels 38 (Zim 126-4)

    Now, was that glove? Forearm? The third umpire's verdict is... out! The television pictures weren't particularly conclusive but clearly there was sufficient contact for the on-field decision to be overturned.


    Brendan Taylor
  64. Umpire review

    Taylor goes to sweep Samuels, West Indies think he's gloved it to the keeper and call for a review...

  65. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 126-3 (20 overs) - target 363 off 48 overs

    Batsmen: Taylor 38*, Williams 43*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Chakavba 2), 26-2 Masakadza (5), 46-3 (Raza 26)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 5-0-19-1, Holder 4-0-26-2, Miller 5-0-36-0, Samuels 5-0-34-0, Russell 1-0-3-0

    West Indies 372-2: Gayle 215, Samuels 133*

    West Indies won toss


  66. Zim 126-3 (target 363 from 48)

    A change of bowling - 10 overs of spin hasn't made a breakthrough. If West Indies have a problem, if no-one else can help, and if they can find him, maybe they can turn to... Andre Russell. The mohawk-sporting pace bowler keeps it tight against Williams and Taylor, who take a couple of singles and a two from the over.

    The good news is this: we have reached 20 overs, so we have a match - and if it rains, it'll go to Duckworth-Lewis.

  67. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: This is a blossoming partnership between Brendon Taylor & Sean Williams for Zimbabwe... Still too much to do but good to watch.

  68. Drinks break

    Zim 122-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Samuels shares a joke with umpire Ian Gould before beginning a new over, Zimbabwe are rattling along quite nicely here as Williams works another four to leg. Seven from the over - but the required rate is still above eight. Time for drinks - and a chance for the Windies to have a rethink.

  69. Zim 115-3 (Taylor 35*, Williams 36*)

    West Indies are racing through these overs here with the spinners on, perhaps with an eye of getting to 20. Dwayne Smith, who was out second ball this morning, gifts Williams a four when he tries to slide-tackle the ball feet first at mid-off (rather than going head - and hands - first) but fails to make contact. Taylor emulates Williams with a reverse-swept four, Miller has 0-36 from five.

  70. Zim 105-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Williams forces Samuels for what he thinks is two - but after viewing a number of replays, the third umpire Ranmore Martinesz rules that Andre Russell's foot was on the rope as he retrieved the ball, so it's four for the left-hander. Samuels has 0-27 from four.

    And if you weren't with us a little earlier, two overs were knocked off Zimbabwe's innings because of a rain delay - so we have an adjusted D/L target.

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  72. Zim 98-3 (Taylor 28*, Williams 26*)

    Williams is living dangerously here. After nearly reverse-sweeping Miller onto his stumps, he lifts the slow left-armer high into the night sky over mid-wicket but the ball falls safely between fielders. But a more classy reverse sweep - which has more than a touch of the Eoin Morgans about if - does bring him four. That's the fifty stand. They need (deep breath) another 265 from 32 overs, at a required rate of more than eight.

  73. Email

    Richard in London: Right, you lot. England are not one of the best teams in the world. England are currently struggling to be one of the best teams in Europe. Now we've established that, can you all lower you expectations, stop bickering and whining, and get behind them so they can rebuild their team? You sound like English football fans…

  74. Zim 92-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Williams finds the boundary for the first time, guiding Samuels for four through the covers before fluently sweeping four more out of the reach of Jonathan Carter, not required to bat today and now patrolling the mid-wicket boundary for the left-hander.

  75. Zim 81-3 (Taylor 27*, Williams 10*)

    Taylor, who famously put Australia to the sword in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, lifts Miller for four over the ring of cover fielders. Four singles mean this stand is already worth 35.

  76. Email

    Robin Hume: If my memory is correct, England have only scored more than Chris Gayle did in his innings today in five of their last 10 matches...

    Chris Gayle
  77. Zim 73-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Samuels was one of the first off-spinners to be reported for a suspect action in the International Cricket Council's apparent crackdown over the last 15 months - he was cleared after testing but specifically banned from bowling his quicker deliveries. He's swiftly through his second over at the cost of five runs.

  78. Zim 68-3 (Taylor 19*, Williams 5*)

    Now, rattling through a few overs of spin should be good for West Indies in lots of ways - not least because if they can get past the magic 20-over mark, we have a match constituted and there's no longer a risk of a "no result". Taylor gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps Miller for six over deep backward square leg.

    Brendan Taylor
  79. Post update

    Some news from Sussex: erstwhile England limited-overs all-rounder Luke Wright will captain the county in the T20 Blast competition this season.

    Luke Wright
  80. Zim 58-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Marlon Samuels, fresh from his slow-but-effective century in support of Chris Gayle earlier today, is on to bowl some off-spin. Taylor and Williams plunder some singles, while Taylor tries to hit over the top but the fleet-footed Andre Russell - his mohican unadorned by any headgear - stops it in front of the rope.

  81. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 54-3 (10 overs) - target 263 off 48 overs

    Batsmen: Taylor 8*, Williams 2*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Chakavba 2), 26-2 Masakadza (5), 46-3 (Raza 26)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 5-0-19-1, Holder 4-0-26-2, Miller 1-0-2-0

    West Indies 372-2: Gayle 215, Samuels 133*

    West Indies won toss


    Jason Holder
  82. Appeal - not out

    Zim 54-3

    With the mandatory powerplay reduced to nine overs because of the reduction in overs, West Indies turn to spin for the first time - it's Nikita Miller, who was only called into the squad late on when Sunil Narine withdrew, and is only playing today because of Sulieman Benn's injury. Miller, an orthodox slow left-armer, half-heartedly appeals for lbw as Taylor reverse-sweeps, the ball trickles down the leg side and they run a couple of leg byes. Taylor has eight from 17 balls, Williams has two from four.

  83. Appeal - not out

    Zim 50-3 (target 363 from 48)

    Sean Williams joins Brendan Taylor at the crease - Jerome Taylor appeals for a catch behind against his namesake but it's a good decision as replays show the ball flicking Taylor's hip on its way down the leg side, rather than his bat. A more controlled uppercut than Raza's earns him a two over the slips, and a square-driven single brings the left-handed Williams on strike for the first time. He's off the mark straight away with a single to mid-off, that's 50 up for Zimbabwe - but they have a mountain to climb.

  84. WICKET

    Raza c Simmons b Holder 26 (Zim 46-3)

    Raza's cameo is ended as he tries to hit over the top again and can only to-edge a catch to the safe hands of Lendl Simmons at third man. A good recovery by captain Holder, who had earlier sent down a bouncer which disappeared for four leg byes, and another bumper which was signalled as an aerial wide.


    Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons
  85. Zim 36-2 (Raza 25*, Taylor 1*)

    It's Taylor v Taylor as the right-arm quick from Jamaica bowls to the right-hander from Harare. Taylor (Brendan) is kept under wraps for four dot balls before Taylor (Jerome) strays with a legside wide. Brendan is off the mark with a single.

  86. Zim 34-2 (target 363 from 48)

    Wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor is the new batsman - still the Test captain but no longer the ODI skipper, he is the highest all-time Zimbabwe World Cup run-scorer with 344 before today. He looks on as Raza gets up on his toes and lashes Holder for four through the covers before brutally pulling another four through mid-wicket - Raza has 25 from 17 balls.

  87. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked pretty gun-barrel straight to me. He had a bit of a hoick across the line and that was absolutely plumb. It's strange that he walked off shaking his head.

    "They have got some batting to come. Williams and Taylor can play but they don't want to be losing too many wickets, especially in the powerplay."

    Listen to ball-by-ball TMS commentary by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab.

  88. WICKET

    H Masakadza lbw Taylor 5 (Zim 26-2)

    It hit his back pad, and was hitting middle stump about two-thirds of the way up... a rather odd decision to call for a review (unless he thinks he got a nick on it) but it's all over for Zimbabwe's number three.


  89. Umpire review

    Masakadza is trapped in front by Taylor, it looked straight and the umpire raises his finger but after a brief consultation, Masakadza wants a review...

  90. Zim 25-1 (target 363 from 48)

    Even though the rain's stopped, it looks a bit chilly out in the middle - Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy are blowing on their fingers in the slips to keep warm. And Gayle's nearly called into action as Masakadza edges Taylor but the ball doesn't quite carry to the big Jamaican at first slip. Raza repeats his "scoop over extra cover for four" shot from before the rain break.

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    Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne: Can't get a review right today! Actually, the only thing I have got right today was in the pre show when I said Gayle would get a big score.

  92. Zim 20-1

    Captain Jason Holder to continue, Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza are playing themselves back in with a couple of singles.

    And let us know what you think of that D/L readjustment - having lost that early wicket, I don't think Zimbabwe have done too badly out of it.

  93. Duckworth-Lewis

    Zim 18-1 (target 363 from 48)

    Jerome Taylor resumes his over, with a slip in for the right-handed Hamilton Masakadza, who survives it unscathed.

    And we have a readjusted target on Duckworth-Lewis - having originally needed 373 from 50 overs, they now need 363 from 48.

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    Christophe Talbotski: Zimbabwe shouldn't worry about losing an early wicket, West Indies did OK after doing the same...

  95. Post update

    Even better - umpires are out, players have followed them and we're ready to resume.

  96. Post update

    Cross your fingers. It looks like some of the covers may be coming off.

    While Duckworth and Lewis may be sharpening their calculators in anticipation of a rain-affected innings, Zimbabwe need to face 20 overs for a match to be constituted.

  97. 'England swimming with armbands on'

    England are too predictable to succeed at the World Cup despite their thrashing of Scotland, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

    Eoin Morgan's side, who lost their opening two games, beat Scotland by 119 runs in Christchurch on Monday.

    "One-day cricket has moved on," Vaughan said on the Tuffers and Vaughan show on BBC Radio 5 live. "It's almost like they are swimming with armbands on.

    "They are set in stone the way they are going to play. Everyone else is taking on a different leap, with more power, more aggression and more freedom."

    Read more from Michael Vaughan

    Eoin Morgan
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    Larry North: Just heard Dave Houghton on Tuffers & Vaughan say Zimbabwe aren't scared of chasing. As such, really looking forward to this!

  99. It's raining

    If you're just joining us, I'm afraid the players are off for rain, but you've missed an astonishing West Indies innings earlier this morning.

    After Dwayne Smith fell to the second ball of the match, Chris Gayle (215 from 147 balls) and Marlon Samuels (133 not out from 156 balls) added 372 for the second wicket before Gayle fell to the last ball of the innings.

    It was the highest ODI partnership for any wicket (and indeed the highest List A limited-overs partnership for any wicket), while Gayle is now the proud owner of the highest World Cup score, the quickest ODI 200, and the joint highest number of sixes in an ODI innings (while breaking the World Cup record by a distance).

  100. Post update

    They had carried on in light drizzle on several occasions during West Indies' innings - some Zimbabwe bowlers might have hoped they hadn't done so - but now a man with a wheelbarrow races on with an enormous mat to cover the pitch.

  101. Rain stops play

    Zim 18-1

    Masakadza pushes Taylor for two - and two balls later, the rain which has been threatening to disrupt play all day, finally calls a halt to proceedings for the first time.

  102. Better late than never!

    Zimbabwe v West Indies
  103. Zim 16-1 (Raza 11*, Masakadza 1*)

    Hamilton Masakadza is the new batsman - having to wait until his 145th ODI appearance for his World Cup debut, he's had a mixed tournament so far, hitting an excellent 80 against South Africa before falling for one against the UAE. After he's off the mark with a single, Raza gets under a delivery from Holder and the ball soars over extra cover for four.

  104. Post update

    Mark Higgs

    Ex-Australia A spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That nipped back. That foot hasn't gone far down the crease. It took a long time to make a decision on that. It's good that we have the referral system but we're dragging the time of the match out."

    Listen to ball-by-ball TMS commentary by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab.

  105. WICKET

    Chakabva lbw Holder 2 (Zim 11-1)

    Now, there's no inside edge, he's back in the crease and it hits him below the knee-roll so height shouldn't be an issue. The ball-tracker shows it's hitting the top of the leg stump - so Davis reverses his decision and Chakabva walks.


    West Indies
  106. Umpire review

    The lanky young West Indies captain Jason Holder gives himself the second over, his first ball is loose outside off stump and Raza smacks it for four past point. But then Chakabva is hit on the pad, umpire Davis shakes his head and Holder almost immediately calls for a review...

    Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakavba
  107. Zim 6-0 (target 373)

    Jerome Taylor takes the first over for West Indies - it's been a good day for the Jamaicans, can he strike early? Umpire Gould's arms must be tired from signalling all those Zimbabwe wides earlier today, and he has to do so again here. With a required rate of 7.46 for the innings, the openers start by picking up some ones and twos.

  108. Post update

    Sikander Raza and Regis Chakabva opening up for Zimbabwe.

  109. Post update

    Back in Canberra, the wicket was covered with matting as a precautionary measure during the interval, but remarkably, we still haven't lost any time to rain. West Indies have had their huddle, and out come Zimbabwe's batsmen.

    Safe to say, either West Indies are going to win this, or you're about to experience the second half of the most exciting World Cup game of all time. Stand by your beds...

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    Dazza B: Chris Gayle admirably aims for a double century of his own while England feel comfortable aiming for that as a team.

    Shak: Just imagine what the score could have been if Samuels showed a little aggression earlier than he did!

  111. Philander ruled out

    A snippet of news from South Africa - seamer Vernon Philander will miss Friday's game against West Indies because of a hamstring injury, and is doubtful for the next game against Ireland on Tuesday 3 March.

    "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," said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee, who is also a medical doctor.

    Vernon Philander
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    Ashish Pujari: Dave Cameron just pulled back Gayle's bonus package... he is not happy how Gayle got out on the last ball.

    In case you weren't with us at 03:00, West Indies board president Dave Cameron (not that one) became involved in a row after retweeting a fan's criticism of Gayle for... low scores.

  113. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On TMS now, they're catching up with Kevin Howells, who's been with the Ireland squad ahead of their game with the UAE in Brisbane tomorrow.

    Listen to by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab.

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    Gordon Tait: Remarkable performance by Chris Gayle, but World Cup has been a terrible tournament so far with not one close game.

  115. Post update

    If you're just waking up, you've missed a Gayle-force storm in Canberra with records falling aplenty.

    All the more remarkably, in the middle of the innings, it featured 10 overs for 45 from a part-time spinner (including a maiden over) who then watched the front-line bowlers smacked around, while one of them was taken off for bowling successive beamers.

    Chris Gayle
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    Paul Martin: Nobody is really mentioning Gayle scored his second century in 33 balls - that's ridiculous in itself #helmetsforthecrowd.

  117. End-of-innings scorecard

    West Indies 372-2 (50 overs) after winning toss

    Gayle 215, Samuels 133*

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Smith 0), 372-2 (Gayle 215)

    Bowling figures: Panyangara 9-0-82-1, Chatara 9.4-0-74-0, Williams 5-0-48-0, Chigumbura 7-0-44-0, Raza 10-1-45-0, Kamungozi 3-0-37-0, Masakadza 6.2-0-39-1

    Full scorecard

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    Russell Moore: Check out Kishin's tweet from the 21st over - man deserves some credit!

    Kishin had tweeted: "Gayle to hit the first World Cup double century - you heard it here first." At that stage he had 57 from 20 overs.

  119. Post update

    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "There was a lot of hype, but in our dressing room it was all about the series win. There were a few tears walking out but it was great to have people here to mark the occasion. I'm really proud of the way of the way we played and to win in a convincing manner was really pleasing."

    England women
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    Jolon Kemp Walker: Unbelievable... What a talent, when he wants to be!

    Ashutosh: That is precisely why England need Hales up top to blast the opposition out of the park. #gaylestorm

    Dr Mark Ingham: Guilded Gayle Glisters and Glides to Glory! #grateful #glorious #golden

  121. Post update

    More from Chris Gayle: "It was slow at the start, but you have to take the bull by its horns and try to put some pressure on them. Eventually the field spread and I targeted which balls to attack.

    "When I got past one hundred, I knew I wanted it to be a double hundred, so I'm glad I got the chance to deliver it."

    "I've got to push myself to get the preparation right - I've been restricted by injuries and age is catching up with me. Let's finish this off and move ahead."

  122. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On TMS now, they're just hearing from England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, who led the side for the 200th time today as they beat New Zealand by five wickets to win the Twenty20 international series 2-1.

    Edwards was speaking to our man Stephan Shemilt - you can read his match report from Lincoln on the BBC Sport website.

  123. Post update

    Record breaker Chris Gayle: "Overall, it was a struggle at the start and I had a scare on the first ball. I needed a break and I made best use of it.

    "I thanked God when I got to 100, there's been a lot of pressure, the runs haven't been coming, for the first time in my career so many people wanted me to perform so badly so I'm glad I gave them something to finally cheer about."

  124. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "West Indies' 152 today is the second highest amount of runs scored in an ODI innings between overs 40 and 50 - the highest was 163 by South Africa against West Indies at Johannesburg in January this year."

  125. Post update

    So, here's a few of those records you may have missed:

    • Chris Gayle scores the first World Cup double hundred.
    • Gayle's 16 sixes equals the ODI record held by Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers, and shatters the previous World Cup record of nine.
    • Gayle and Samuels have broken the highest ODI partnership record for any wicket.
    • Gayle also scored more runs in this innings than in his last 12 combined (199).
  126. Post update

    Can someone get me a glass of water, please?

  127. WICKET

    Gayle c Chigumbura b Masakadza 215 (WI 372-2)

    An astonishing knock ends as Gayle skies the ball over mid-wicket and is caught off the final ball of the innings for the highest score in World Cup history - 215 from 147 balls.

    Poor old Hamilton Masakadza was brought on to bowl the last two balls of the over after Chatara was taken off for those successive beamers. Meanwhile, Marlon Samuels - despite a very unconvincing start to his innings - finishes on 133 not out from 156 balls.

    Chris Gayle
  128. WI 371-1 (Gayle 215*, Samuels 132*)

    Gayle drills a two to the extra cover boundary to move to 212. Chatara fires in a stomach-high full toss which is called as a no-ball for height, and a baseball-style blast brings him two more. The next ball is also called as being a high full toss which Gayle bats away for a single - so not only is it a no-ball, but Chatara is removed from the attack. Astonishing scenes!

  129. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm sure this will be beyond Zimbabwe's capabilities, but you never know? The outfield is very, very fast."

  130. WI 364-1 (Gayle 210*, Samuels 131*)

    A slight anti-climax as Gayle can only club the first ball of the last over for two. But Samuels makes up for it with a six over cow corner next ball. A single takes him to 132 and brings Gayle back on strike.

  131. Post update

    Tim Gavel

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a picture on the TV then of Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore putting his hands into his face..."

  132. WI 356-1 (Gayle 209*, Samuels 117*)

    Panyangara goes round the wicket, Samuels takes aim at long-off again but the ball is cut out on the rope and they can only run two. Panyangara's last ball is a half-volley - which Samuels smacks for six over the bowler's head.

    That over: 460426. Gayle to face the last over.

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    Janaarthanan N: Chris Gayle is a monster.

  134. WI 348-1

    Marlon Samuels hammers a full toss down the ground and then finally comes to the six-hitting party by swatting Panyangara over extra cover. Another full toss is whacked to wide long-off, but it bounces just in front of the fielder and away for four more.

  135. WI 334-1 (Gayle 209*, Samuels 103*)

    Gayle is still struggling to get the strike here, while Zimbabwe's raggedness is exemplified by the fact that Chatara's number is about to fall off the back of his shirt.

    As the score reaches 332, this stand is now the highest one-day international partnership for any wicket, anywhere. We are seeing history being made.

  136. Samuels 100

    WI 322-1

    Samuels guides Chatara for a four off his legs to bring up his own century - he's been an unconvincing support act to Gayle's Academy Awards show, but his hundred arrives off 143 balls. (Gayle, at this stage, has scored 207 from 141).

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