Chris Gayle-force winds up to smash double century

WEST Indies master blaster Chris Gayle has rewritten the record books in Canberra, plundering 215 off just 147 balls - the highest individual score in a World Cup match - against Zimbabwe.

The left-hander (pictured), dismissed on the final ball of the innings, became only the fourth man, and first non-Indian player after Rohit Sharma (twice), Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, to score a double hundred in an ODI.

His score yesterday included 16 sixes and beat the Cup record of Gary Kirsten, who hit 188 against the UAE at the 1996 tournament.

After fellow opener Dwayne Smith had been dismissed for a duck off the second ball of the innings, Gayle went on to share in a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels, who was unbeaten on 133 from 156 balls.

Their stand was a record for any wicket in ODIs, beating the previous mark of 331 set by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in 1999.

The West Indies reached a formidable 2-372.