Chris Gayle mercilessly smashed the Zimbabwe bowlers out of the park as West Indies zoomed to a huge total in their ICC World Cup 2015 Pool B match in Canberra.
Gayle was at his absolute best, firing 215 in just 147 balls with 10 fours and 16 sixes as West Indies posted a near-unassailable 372 for two in their 50 overs.
While Gayle will take all the plaudits, Marlon Samuels also hit a century of his own with the duo putting on the entire 372 runs together – a world record partnership in ODI cricket.
"People on Twitter have been asking me, expecting me to score a double hundred in ODI cricket, especially after Rohit, twice, and Sehwag have done it, so I'm happy to finally get there," said an exhausted-looking Gayle after the first innings.
"I'm getting a bit of cramps, feeling a bit tired, but we still have 50 overs to get through.
"I just want to thank god for this knock. I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter. I was overwhelmed by the support but I have also never felt this kind pressure, and in the end, I am sure I gave everyone something to talk about."
Gayle was not his marauding best at the beginning, but once he hit his groove, there was no stopping the left-hander as the Zimbabwe bowlers found out much to their dismay.
"The pitch was a bit slow at the start, and it was also keeping low. I just tried to take the bull by the horns and hang in there as much as I can and try and build an innings. It got easier to take the singles once the fielders were deep, and then after a while I was able to pick a bowler to target and then, in the end, I was out off the last ball."
Zimbabwe would have hoped Gayle could have been off his first ball with a close lbw decision going the West Indies batsman's way, and what a major decision that proved to be in the final scheme of things as Gayleforce hit the Manuka Oval.