Chris Gayle broke or tied all sorts of records with a masterful 333 runs against an average Sri Lankan bowling attack. The 333 came off just 437 balls that saw him hit 34 fours and 9 sixes. Amazing! None of the bowlers troubled him until he got past the triple century mark and started to show fatigue. The West Indies had to bring in a runner for him at that point.
This was the West Indian batsman’s second time scoring triple-century joining the ranks of Sehwag (IN) Lara (WI), Bradman (ENG). The first time, he scored 319 against South Africa in the Caribbean.
Weather got better of West Indies
Unfortunately, it was the rain that did the West Indies in. If not for the rain, they may have pulled it off. Good start to the tour for the Darren Sammy-led West Indian squad.
The teams lost hours of cricket due to rain, but the West Indies fought hard trying to win the match. Alas, it was not to be. The Sri Lankan batsmen played well in the shortened match to preserve a draw.
Scores in the match
West Indies First Innings: 580 – 9 declared
- Gayle 333
- Nash 64
- Darren Bravo 58
- Barath 50
- Mendis 6 wickets for 169 runs
Sri Lanka 378 all out
- Sangakkara: 73
- D. Jayawardene: 59
- H. Jayawardene: 58
- Samaraweera: 52
- Shillingford: 4 wickets for 123 runs
Sri Lanka Follow on : 241 – 4
- Paranavitana: 95
- D. Jayawardene 58
- Dilshan: 54
Congrats to the West Indies, though rain probably was the reason they didn’t carve out a win. Expect the Sri Lankan side to add another pace bowler like Malinga to the attack for the second test. It should be interesting because Sri Lanka batted well, all things considered.
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