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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