Gayle smashed a record-equalling 16 sixes on his way to the highest World Cup score ever.
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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has put in one of the greatest batting performances of all time, hitting a Cricket World Cup record of 215 during his side’s clash with Zimbabwe in Canberra.
Gayle was ruthless in his approach, hitting a record-equalling 16 sixes as West Indies made a total of 372 for the loss of just two wickets.
The 35-year-old cut loose after a slow start to the innings and hit an incredible 93 metre six down the ground over the head of Zimbabwe spinner Sean Williams.
Zimbabwe thought they had sent Gayle back to the pavilion on 125 after he was caught in the deep, but Tinashe Panyangara was adjudged to have bowled a no-ball.
Zimbabwe were made to pay as Gayle pushed on to become the first player to reach 200 in a World Cup.
Gayle continued to pummel the Zimbabwe bowlers, and was caught on the final ball after attempting by hit a record-breaking 17 sixes.