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#CWC15: Gayle blasts record 215 against Zim

Gayle surpassed South Africa’s Gary Kirsten who previously held the record of 188 not out.

FILE: West Indian batsman Chris Gayle. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - West Indies opener Chris Gayle has struck the highest ever score in a World Cup tournament as he made 215 against Zimbabwe in their Pool B match in Canberra.

They finished on 372/2 in their allotted 50 overs.

Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 133.

Gayle surpassed South Africa's Gary Kirsten who previously held the record of 188 not out.

The pair put on the highest partnership, 372 runs, for any wicket in ODI cricket.

The 35-year-old left-hander hit Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over of the West Indies innings to reach the mark in 138 balls.

The West Indies passed the 300 run mark for the third consecutive time in the tournament after their opening match loss to Ireland and their defeat of Pakistan.