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ICC WC 2015: West Indies vs Zimbabwe - As it happened...

While chasing a mammoth total of 372, Zimbabwe got all out on 289 to lose the match by 74 runs. Ervine and Williams tried to give some fight in the middle overs but the score was too big to be chased down. But the highlighters of the match were the two world records being made in the match. First was the maiden World Cup double ton slammed by swashbuckling Chris Gayle and the other one was the 372-run stand for the second wicket between Samuels and Gayle, which is now the highest ever ODI partnership for any wicket. 

Zimbabwe Innings

Over 44.3|| Score 289/10

Miller picked up the last wicket of Chatara as West Indies crushed Zimbabwe by 73 runs. While chasing an imposing total of 372, Zimbabwe lost their wickets at regular intervals and got all out within 45 overs.  

TL Chatara b Miller 16 (20b)  

Over 40 || Score 262/8

Taylor has been brought back into attack. And he too provided a wicket. Second wicket of the match for him. Zimbabwe lower middle order failed to show some fight in the middle, while chasing the big total of 372. 

T Panyangara c Ramdin b Taylor 4 (8b)

Over 37 || Score 244/7

Gayle is on a roll here. All-round show by the big man from Jamaica as he picked up his second wicket in the form of Matsikenyeri. Zimbabwe are losing wickets in a heap here.  

S Matsikenyeri lbw b Gayle 19 (23b)

Over 35 || Score 237/6

Gayle strikes! Big blow for Zimbabwe. Immediately after completing his fifty, Gayle got the better of Ervine. Now the match is almost over Zimbabwe.   

CR Ervine b Gayle 52 (41b)

Over 33 || Score 224/5

In the 33rd over Ervine completed his fifty. To reach the land mark he took 39 balls, and smashed 7 boundaries and a six. Zimbabwe collected 11 from the over. 

Over 32 || Score 213/5

16 runs have come in the last two overs as Ervine added two more boundaries to his account. 150 required off 16 overs.  

Over 30 || Score 197/5

Ervine has now started taking risks and that's the only option left for him. In the 30 over he took Holder by surprise by collecting 16 off the over with help of two boundaries and a six. 166 required off 18 overs.   

Over 28 || Score 177/5

Williams Out! Big blow for Zimbabwe. Immediately after completing a fifty-run partnership with Ervine for the fifth wicket, Williams walked back to the pavilion. A well directed short ball by Holder, the southpaw went for a pull but miss-timed it completely to give a simple catch to mid-wicket fielder. Half of the team is back in the hut.     

SC Williams c Smith b Holder 76 (61b)

Over 27 || Score 174/4

Holder has come for his second spell in the 26th over. In the next over Ervine smashed Samuels for two consecutive boundaries on the on-side to collect ten from the over. These two have added 48 runs so far for the fifth wicket. 

Over 25 || Score 161/4

Williams is collecting boundaries at regular intervals, there is no stopping him. 17 runs have come in the last three overs. And with that the batting side has crossed the 150-run mark. Zimbabwe need a big partnership here for the fifth wicket.     

Over 22 || Score 142/4

Williams completes his half-century. Consecutive World Cup fifties for the left-hander. He used mere 39 balls to reach the mark, with the help of six boundaries. Off the fourth ball Williams played the bowler straight over long on to clear the circle to smash his seventh boundary. What a player he is -- class apart. 12 from the over.

Over 21 || Score 130/4

Samuels strikes, Taylor perishes! Samuels once again came handy for WI as he broke the dangerous looking partnership between Taylor-Willimas. Big blow for Zimbabwe. Craig Ervine is the new man in.

BRM Taylor c Ramdin b Samuels 37 (48b)

Over 20 || Score 125/3

Williams is playing a blinder here. He has quickly moved to 43 off 32 balls. On the other hand Taylor is playing second fiddle to him. The way these two are playing, one can't write off their chances in the match. Zimbabwe required 238 runs off 28 overs.     

Over 18 || Score 115/3

Though Zimbabwe have lost three quick wickets early on but they are still maintained a healthy run-rate over six. Williams, the hero for the minnows in the last match, has started dealing in boundaries at the moment. In the last five three overs the left-hander has collected four boundaries, with the help of proper cricketing shots. In the mean time, they have crossed the 100-run mark as well.   

Over 15 || Score 92/3

Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams are in the middle for Zimbabwe and both are playing the balls according to its merit. Whenever, they are getting loose balls they are converting them into boundaries or sixes. Nikita Miller and centurion Marlon Samuels are bowling in the tandem for WI. 38 runs have come in the last five overs. Zimbabwe required 271 more runs off 33 overs to seal the match and they have seven wickets in hand.

Over 10 || Score 54/3

Zimbabwe got off to a poor start as the minnows lost the first three wicket inside ten overs, while chasing the huge total of 372. Holder picked up two wickets, thus far, while Taylor accounted for Masakadza's wicket. In the meantime, Zimbabwe have crossed the 50-run mark.  

H Masakadza lbw b Taylor 5 (14b)

Sikandar Raza c Simmons b Holder 26 (20b)

Over 2 || Score 16/1

Holder Strikes, Chakabva Out! After Raza welcomed the speedster by crushing him for a boundary towards point off his first ball, Chakabva got trapped in front of the wicket after a gap of two as the bowler provided his team the first breakthrough.

Skipper Jason Holder has the other new ball in hand to start off the proceedings from the other end.

Over 1 || Score 6/0

Raza picked up a single off the first ball to open the scoring for the minnows. From the opening over came six runs.  

Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva are up in the middle to open the innings for Zimbabwe, whereas, Jerome Taylor has the brand new ball. Can Zimbabwe chase down the imposing total to surprise WI?  

West Indies Innings

Over 50 || Score 372/2

Single off the first ball. 2nd ball, Samuels launched the bowler for a six over cow corner. But surprisingly that's the only boundary being scored in the over. In trying to hit the last ball for a six, Gayle gave a catch to Chigumbura inside the 30 yard circle. Two world records have been made by West Indies while setting up a mammoth total of 372 in front of minnows Zimbabwe. First -- Chris Gayle slams the maiden World Cup double ton.  Second -- 372-run stand for the second wicket between Samuels and Gayle is the highest ever ODI partnership for any wicket.  

CH Gayle c Chigumbura b Masakadza 215 (147b)

Chatara to bowl the last over of the innings.

Over 49 || Score 356/1

Samuels is on a roll here. The right-hander clobbered Panyangara for two fours and two six to collect 22 from the over. Gayle and Samules are milking the Zimbabwean bowlers. And with that WI have crossed the 350-run mark as well. 

Over 48 || Score 334/1

Samuels slams hundred! The right-hander smashed the bowler for a boundary to complete his ton his style. It's his 8th ODI ton. Now it's the highest ever partnership between Gayle and Samuels for any wicket in the ODI history. Nine runs off the over.  

Over 47 || Score 325/1

Four runs have come off the first four balls. Single off the next. Next ball, a front-foot no ball. Two singles off the last two as eight runs have came from the over.  

Panyangara with his eighth over.

Over 46 || Score 317/1

Zimbabwean bowlers are looking clueless while bowling to Gayle. With a boundary off the fifth ball, the swashbuckling opener Gayle slammed the first double ton of the World Cup. 17 runs have come from the over. What a player he is! Now he has become the only non-Indian to reach the double figure mark in the ODIs.      

Over 45 || Score 300/1

Zimbabwe are suffering from Gayle storm. Merciless Gayle is dealing in sixes at the moment. He smacked three consecutive sixes in the first four balls. Gayle is heading towards his double ton. 21 off the over. Gayle has reached to 190 and is now the highest run scorer in an innings in the quadrennial event.       

Over 44 || Score 279/1

Gayle-Samuels have added more than 259 runs for the second wicket and with that it has become the highest ever ODI partnership for WI for any wicket. Gayle hit two boundaries and equal number of sixes in the over to collect 21 from it. 

Kamungozi with his third over.

Over 43 || Score 258/1

Gayle competed his 150 with the help of a double off the fourth ball. It's the fourth time in his career that he has crossed the 150-run mark. Good over after a long time for Zimbabwe as the spinner conceded mere seven in it.

Sean Williams has been brought back into the attack.

Over 42 || Score 251/1irst ball, Samuels picked up the cover region to hit a boundary. Single off the next. Then came three wide balls in a row. Bowlers are finding it difficult to stop the run flow and are under immense pressure. Another wide ball being bowled after the fourth ball. Off the last ball Gayle smacked the ball out of the park, this time over mid-wicket. 18 runs came off the over. Meanwhile, WI have crossed the 250-run mark.          

Chigumbura to bowl the over.

Over 41 || Score 233/1

Boundaries and sixes are raining at the moment. First Samuels picked up his seventh boundary off the fourth ball. And then Gayle clobbered the bowler for a six, straight over his head. Another productive over for WI as 13 runs came of it.   

Masakadza has the bowl in hand and is ready to roll his arm.

Over 40 || Score 220/1

OHHH! Luck is on Gayle's side today. The southpaw went for a big shot, couldn't connect it well and the fielder took a good catch. But it was a no ball. And then off the last ball, Gayle smacked the bowler for another six over mid-wicket. 17 off the over. It's been the biggest World Cup partnership for WI (220-runs) for any wicket.    

Panyangara with his seventh over.

Over 39 || Score 203/1

Samuels too is breaking the shackles. He slapped the bowler for a boundary off the second ball hit his sixth boundary. Another good over for WI as eight runs have come from it. Meanwhile, WI have crossed the 200-run mark.

Chatara is set bowl the over.

Over 38 || Score 195/1

Strike bowler Panyangara has been brought back into the attack. Gayle is dealing in boundaries. First ball, he swatted the short one for four towards square leg. Off the third he launched the bowler for a six over mid-wicket. Then Samuels smashed a boundary off the fifth to collect 18 from the over.   

Over 37 || Score 177/1

Chatara bowled another tight over as he conceded mere two in it. It's high time both the batsmen go for big hits.  

Chatara set to bowl his sixth over.

Over 36 || Score 175/1

Batting Powerplay. Off the first ball Gayle picked up a single towards long off to complete his hundred. It's his 22nd ODI ton. Very indifferent knock by the swashbuckling opener. He took 106 balls to reach the mark, with the help of five boundaries and equal number of sixes. He celebrated his hundred by smacking the bowler out of the park over backward square. Now it's time for his to cut-loose as the stage is set to free his arm.

Masakadza to bowl the over.

Over 35 || Score 165/1

Now it's time for both the batsmen to accelerate the run scoring as their run-rate is still under five. Not a single boundary has come in the last five overs.    

Over 33 || Score 158/1

Gayle is just five runs shot of his hundred. Masakadza and Raza are bowling in tandem for Zimbabwe. Will Gayle go for a big hit to complete his hundred? Minnows conceded four in the last two overs.

Over 31 || Score 154/1

Samuels pushed the ball for a single to complete his fifty off 95 balls. It's his 26th ODI fifty. Comparatively a slow knock by his standards. It's also the slowest fifty of the on-going WC. Meanwhile, WI crosses the 150-run mark as well. Five off the over.     

Over 30 || Score 149/1

Gayle has reached to 90 figure mark. It's been a quiet knock for his standards. But certainly a valuable one. Four off the over. 

Masakadza to bowl the over.     

Over 29 || Score 145/1

Hamilton Masakadza has been introduced into the attack. By reaching score of 79, Chris Gayle has completed 9000 runs in ODI cricket with an average of 36. It took him 266 matches to reach the landmark. Gayle is dealing in sixes at the moment, as he once again launched Raza for a six (his fifth in the match) over long on. 24 runs have come in the last three overs.  

Over 26 || Score 121/1

Real Gayle is back! He picked spinner Kamungozi to have a go at him. The southpaw smacked the bowler for consecutive sixes off his fourth and fifth balls to collect 14 from the over. Is Gayle storm round the corner?     

Over 25 || Score 107/1

Tafadzwa Kamungozi has been given the ball for the very first time in the match. It means spin attack from both the ends. In the 24th over, West Indies crossed the 100-run mark. Tight five overs by Zimbabwe as they conceded mere 14 runs. And the sole boundary came from the bat of Samuels as made some room in the 25th over to slap Raza towards cover region. Run-rate is still well under five (4.28)  

Over 20 || Score 92/1

Samuels is playing a second fiddle here. Gayle has now started scoring boundaries and sixes to up the ante. Still Sikandar Raza is not at all offering any room for the batsmen to free their arms. But the minnows need a wicket or two here to put some pressure back on West Indies.    

Over 18 || Score 83/1

Off the second ball, Gayle smacked the ball towards extra covers for a six. The big hitter of the cricket ball is playing a very unusual innings here -- slow and steady. Meanwhile, Gayle completes his fifty with the help of a single. He reached the mark laced with four boundaries and two sixes and faced 51 balls. Is it a silence before a storm -- Gayle Storm?    

Chigumbura to bowl his fourth over.

Over 17 || Score 73/1

Sikandar Raza has been brought into the attack in the 17th over. Samules dropped! The right hander played a shot in the air towards backward point, only for the fielder to fumble it down. Zimbabwe missed a golden opportunity here. They have to take these catches to put WI under constent pressure.

Over 15 || Score 69/1

Gayle and Samuels are playing sensibly in the middle as they are not trying to go for big hits. They are dealing in single at the moment to keep the run-rate ticking and are collecting an odd boundary wherever getting a loose ball. 18 runs have come in the last three overs.

Over 12 || Score 52/1

Tight over by the skipper as he conceded mere two runs off his opening over. Meanwhile, WI have crossed the 50-run mark and with that Samuels and Gayle too have stitched 50-runs for the second wicket. 

Double bowling change! Skipper Elton Chigumbura is set to roll his arm.

Over 11 || Score 49/1

First bowling change. Spinner Sean Williams has been introduced into the attack. And off the last ball, Gayle clobbered the bowler over long on for a maximum. What a hit by the big man! But that's the only scoring shot in the over.  

Over 10 || Score 43/1

Chatara and Panyangar's disciplined bowling in the fist ten overs forced the West Indian batsmen to stop playing their shots at regular intervals and collect boundaries every now and then. Gayle and Samuels are still finding it difficult to score runs. So one can say that, Zimbabwe have started off well.        

Over 7 || Score 33/1

Both the strike bowlers -- Chatara and Panyangar -- are bowling well. It's just that both the batsmen possess a high range of shorts all over the wicket. Zimbabwe have to take wickets at regular intervals to peg back the West Indian batsmen from scoring runs swiftly. 

Panyangara with his fourth over.

Over 6 || Score 31/1

A flashy back-foot drive off the first by Gayle off the first ball to collect his second boundary of the match towards cover region. He then played a slog off the fourth ball to get another boundary, this time towards square leg. 11 off the over.   

Chatara to bowl his third over.

Over 5 || Score 20/1

After a shaky start by Samuels and Gayle, slowly and steadily both the batsmen are finding feet. Samules have score two boundaries, whereas, Gayle added one to his account to ease themselves out in the middle. 16 runs have come from the last three overs.   

Over 2 || Score 3/1

Tendai Chatara is bowling from the other end. Marlon Samules is the new man in. And Chatara too has picked up the right line from the word go. Excellent first over by Chatara as he not only gave mere three runs but also troubled both the batsmen.   

Over 1 || Score 3/1

What an over first up by Panyangara. Off the fourth ball, he almost got the wicket of big hitter Chris Gayle, when the ball hit on his pads. But referral went against Zimbabwe. But it's a very close shave.   

Over 0.2 || Score 0/1

Panyangara Strikes, Smith Out! What a start by Zimbabwe, Panyangara bowled a perfect length delivery, which nipped back in after pitching and went through the gates of the right hander.  

The dangerous but erratic opening pair of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith have come to the middle, whereas, Tinashe Panyangara has the new ball in hand.

Are we going to see a Gayle storm today? 

Toss: West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat first. 

Riding high after demolishing Pakistan in their last encounter, an unpredictable West Indies eye another big win against perceived minnows Zimbabwe in their third pool B match of the cricket World Cup.

Teams:

West Indies (from): Jason Holder (capt), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller

Zimbabwe (from): Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.  

After a rather stunning loss to Ireland in their lung-opener, West Indies bounced back strongly to get the better of Pakistan and are currently placed second behind India in the points table.

Zimbabwe have also endured a similar rollercoaster, losing to South Africa, although they did have their moments in the match, before getting the better of UAE to be placed fourth on the table.

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