Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion with the highest individual innings in a Cricket World Cup match on Tuesday, his 215 helping West Indies to 372 for two in their Pool B clash against Zimbabwe.
The masterblaster opener slugged 16 sixes – equalling the ODI record – as well as 10 fours in the 147-ball innings, which formed the large part of an ODI record 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133).
The 35-year-old was dismissed with the last ball of the innings trying for a 17th six but only succeeding in holing out in the deep.
Gayle’s determination to end his poor run of recent form meant the first hundred run in his innings was by no means the most fluent of his 22 one-day international cricket centuries.
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.
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