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Gayle inspires 73-run West Indies win over Zimbabwe

Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval.

All hail Chris Gayle! Credit: Reuters

The opener's 215 was the highest individual innings in a World Cup match, the third highest in any one-day international, and formed the large part of a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out), also an one-day record.

The dreadlocked 35-year-old slugged 16 sixes -- tying the one-day record -- as well as 10 fours in his 147-ball knock and even though he was dismissed with the last ball of the innings, West Indies were set fair at 372 for two. Zimbabwe had their run-chase trimmed to 363 from 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain briefly interrupted the contest and they initially made a good fist of it.

Brendan Taylor was unfortunate to be dismissed for 37 after a controversial third umpire referral and middle order batsmen Sean Williams (76) and Craig Ervine (52) also put in good shifts.

When Gayle (2-35) returned with the ball to dismiss Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri (19) with his off-spin, however, the writing was on the wall for Zimbabwe and they were all out for 289 in the 45th over.


Shikhar Dhawan century inspires India to win

Shikhar Dhawan's century led India to a comprehensive 130-run win over South Africa in World Cup Pool B.

Dhawan put on 127 with Virat Kohli and 125 with Ajinkya Rahane as India reached 307 for seven in Melbourne.

Shikhar Dhawan hits a shot. Credit: PA

That total looked as though it could have been even higher but it proved quite sufficient as, despite a third-wicket stand of 68 between AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals on their way to 177 all out.

Almost 10 overs were left unused as what had been billed as a blockbuster match-up petered out into a one-sided contest.

India's fans were loving life in Melbourne today. Credit: PA

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West Indies answer critics with 150-run Pakistan win

The West Indies answered their critics as they battered Pakistan on both sides of the ball to get their World Cup campaign up and running with a 150-run victory in Christchurch.

West Indies were dominant against Pakistan Credit: Reuters

Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons laid the foundations for the Windies, with knocks of 51 and 50 respectively, before Andre Russell sparkled with an unbeaten 42 off just 13 balls to guide them to 310 for six.

With four wickets gone and 10 overs remaining the Windies cut loose, piling on 115 runs from their final 60 balls, although they were helped by poor Pakistan fielding throughout at Hagley Oval.

Ireland player fined for swearing during win over West Indies

John Mooney celebrates Ireland's famous win. Credit: PA

Ireland's John Mooney and West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy both admitted Level 1 offences for swearing audibly during Ireland's World Cup win over West Indies in Nelson on Monday.

Both players were fined 30 per cent of their match fees after Ireland secured a famous World Cup win by four wickets.

Mooney lost his temper when a catch was put down by one of his Irish team-mates, and former Windies captain Sammy voiced his irritation while batting.

Both players accepted the sanction. All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of a 50 per cent match fee.


Ireland stun West Indies in Cricket World Cup

Ireland team-mates John Mooney Niall O'Brien celebrate a famous win. Credit: Reuters

Ireland sprung the biggest shock so far of the Cricket World Cup with a four-wicket win against the West Indies in the sides' opening match in New Zealand.

The unfancied Irish were set a target of 305 after a century from the Windies' Lendl Simmons helped the former world champions post an imposing total.

But Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat as the underdogs racked up 307 with four wickets and 25 balls to spare.

It was Ireland’s first win over the West Indies in six official matches.

Moores: England must improve in key areas

England have some key areas to address if they are to advance to the later stages of the World Cup, according to coach Peter Moores.

England head coach Peter Moores has much to ponder Down Under. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP/Press Association

The tournament began in dismal fashion for Eoin Morgan's men as they were crushed by 111 runs by co-hosts Australia in Melbourne.

They next face in-form co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, and Moores hopes to see signs of improvement.

"If we're going to win this tournament we've got to get better over the next few weeks so by the time we get to the knockout stages we've got a real chance of putting people under pressure to win games," he told Sky Sports.

"(The defeat) showed there's a gap between us and Australia. We can still beat them, of course we can, and we've got to try and bridge that gap over the next few weeks as well as winning games.

"If we play Australia again it will be in the knockout stages and by that time we've got to have addressed some of the key areas where we need to get better."

India beat rivals Pakistan in most watched cricket match of all time

India began their Cricket World Cup title defence with a comfortable victory over fierce rivals Pakistan in Adelaide.

India batsman Virat Kohli celebrates his century against Pakistan. Credit: DAVID MARIUZ/AAP/Press Association

The 2011 winners, who have now triumphed in all six of their World Cup encounters against Pakistan, were indebted to Virat Kohli's century and fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina as India made 300 for seven from their 50 overs despite Sohail Khan's five for 55.

Pakistan made a solid start in reply but were the architects of their own downfall as they slipped from 102 for two to 224 all out. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored a well-crafted half-century, but it counted for nothing.

The contest was billed as the most watched cricket match in history, with an estimated TV audience of one billion tuning in.

ICC admit umpiring mistake at finish of Australia vs England World Cup match

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that James Anderson was incorrectly given out at the end of England's heavy defeat to Australia in their World Cup opener.

James Anderson (left) and James Taylor trudge off at the end of the match. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP/Press Association

Anderson was adjudged run out in a farcical conclusion to the match, as both sets of players were left unsure by the ruling of the on-field officials.

James Taylor had correctly reviewed an lbw decision, but replays also showed that Anderson was short of his ground, so Kumar Dharmasena gave him out.

The ICC revealed in a statement that the ball should have been called dead and that they had met with the England management to confirm the error.

"Following Australia's 111-run victory over England in the Group A ICC Cricket World Cup clash at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday night, the Playing Control Team (PCT) met and reviewed the final ball of the game which resulted in James Anderson being given run out," the statement read.

"Article 3.6a of Appendix 6 of the Decision Review System (DRS) Playing Conditions states that the ball should have been deemed dead when the batsman (James Taylor) was given out leg before wicket (lbw). No further runs or dismissals were possible."

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