In the third ever World Cup match at Manuka Oval, the Manuka crowd was treated to some Chris Gayle brilliance in their Pool B match between West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Winning the toss and batting first, the West Indies lost Dwayne Smith on the second ball of the match and then nearly lost Chris Gayle two balls later when Zimbabwe reviewed the umpires decision. After that it was all Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.
The pair put on an unbeaten 372 run partnership which is still a record for all wickets in One Day Internationals. Gayle finished with 215 off just 147 balls with 10 fours and 16 sixes. He became the first player to score a double century in a male World Cup and broke the record for the fastest ODI century and equalled the record for the most sixes in an innings.
Marlon Samuels made 133 but was left in the shade. After a short rain delay early in the Zimbabwe innings, Zimbabwe made a valiant response but were dismissed for 289 in the 45th over, giving the West Indies a 73 run victory under the DLS system.