West Indies Chris Gayle celebrates his double century (200 runs) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at The Manuka Oval in Canberra on February 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS
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Chris Gayle could barely believe it when the first ball he faced crashed into his pad, because he knew he needed a lucky break to reverse a run of bad form.Posting the first double-century in a World Cup – and the third-highest score in a one-day international – was an emphatic response to the critics who said Gayle was out of form, and never produced the goods at the World Cup.West Indies captain Jason Holder, who took three wickets to derail Zimbabwe's chase, backed Gayle to produce the kind of match-winning performance the public expects.The ball hit Gayle in front of the stumps, but TV replays indicated it may have gone over the wickets, and he got the benefit of the doubt.It was Gayle's 22nd ODI century, a West Indies record, but his first since June 2013 .
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