Monday 15 November 2010 

Chris Gayle Masterclass Sets Up West Indies

Chris Gayle Masterclass Sets Up West Indies
Chris Gayle Masterclass Sets Up West Indies
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West Indies 362-2 (Gayle 219no, DM Bravo 58) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Galle, day one

Chris Gayle stroked an unbeaten double-century as the West Indies produced an impressive batting display to close day one of the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on 362 for two.

Left-hander Gayle, playing his first Test since being relieved of the captaincy, was not out on 219, having faced 247 balls and hit 26 of them for four and some eight more for six.

He put on 110 for the opening wicket with Adrian Barath (50) and then 196 for the second with Darren Bravo, who marked his Test debut with a score of 58.

Barath faced 86 balls, keeping pace with Gayle while Bravo was far more circumspect, still playing in just his 18th first-class match, and he took 159 balls to score his runs, with six fours.

Suraj Randiv struck to have Barath caught by Mahela Jayawardene and Ajantha Mendis had Bravo caught by Samaraweera as Sri Lanka found life without Chaminda Vaas or Muttiah Muralitharan tough.

Also unbeaten at stumps, on 20, was Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

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