Chris Gayle: West Indies opener hits first World Cup 200

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CANBERRA:

West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history in Tuesday’s Pool B match against Zimbabwe at Canberra.

The 35-year-old left-hander reached 200 off 138 balls, hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over.

His mark eclipsed the unbeaten 188 of South Africa’s Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.

Gayle hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side’s innings.