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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gayle double makes history

Chris Gayle (pictured) has become the first person to score a double century in a World Cup match as batting records tumbled in West Indies' encounter against Zimbabwe.

The destructive opener survived a tight lbw call in the first over to thump 10 fours and an incredible 16 sixes in a superb knock of 215 off 147 deliveries - the third highest one-day international score of all time.

The 35-year-old needed just 33 balls in his second ton. Gary Kirsten recorded the previous highest score at cricket's premier 50-over competition when he made 188 not out for South Africa against the UAE in February 1996.

He fell to the final ball of the innings as the Windies reached 372 for two. The left-hander also had the highest ever partnership in ODIs as he and Marlon Samuels (133 not out) scored all of their side's runs.

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