Canberra: Chris Gayle smashed a world record 215 and Samuels 133* as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs in World Cup Pool B game at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Tuesday.
Chris Gayle was Man of the Match for his all-rounder show.
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 2.
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.
Earlier, Tinashe Panyangara bowling Dwayne Smith for a duck on the second ball.
Gayle, once reached the century with the first ball of the batting powerplay, however, he punished the Zimbabwean bowlers as only he can, smashing the ball around the ground almost at will.
He had brought up his 50 and century with singles but it was with a four that he reached the historic double century in the 46th over, the first non-Indian to achieve the feat.
Samuels, meanwhile, was caution personified for most of his 156-ball innings until finally cutting loose as he and Gayle hammered 152 runs off the last 10 overs.
Earlier, West Indies have won the toss and opted to bat.
West Indies made two forced changes -- Carter comes in place of Darren Bravo and Nikita Miller comes in place of Benn.
Only change in Zimbabwe -- Solomon Mire is out and Stuart Matsikenyeri replaces him.
West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Jonathan Carter, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (Capt.), Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller
Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura (Capt.), Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi
West Indies - 372/2 (Gayle 215, Samuels 133*)
Zimbabwe - 289 (Williams 76, Ervine 52, Taylor 3-38, Holder 3-48)
Result - West Indies by 73 runs
Points - West Indies 2, Zimbabwe 0
MOM - Chris Gayle (West Indies)