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The Wisden Bulletin by Freddie Auld
May 30, 2004
Lunch West Indies 68 for 1 (Gayle 34*, Sarwan 30*) trail Bangladesh 416 (Rafique 111) by 348 runs
Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan made good progress for West Indies in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 416 in the third morning of the first Test at Gros Islet. After the early run out of Devon Smith, West Indies reached lunch at 68 for 1.
Pedro Collins wrapped up Bangladesh's innings early on in the day when Mohammad Rafique played on driving outside off for 111. He became only the 13th No. 9 to score a hundred and Bangladesh's total was their highest ever.
Just as West Indies were looking for a commanding start, disaster struck when Smith was run out without scoring. Gayle pushed Tariq Aziz to point and Smith set off for the single, but was then sent back by Gayle. Faisal Hussain swooped and lobbed the ball back to the bowler who broke the stumps with Smith well short of his mark (2 for 1).
Sarwan, though, calmed West Indian nerves with a host of sublime drives and cuts. Gayle took his time to get going, and he had two strokes of luck on 24 when he edged Tariz through the slips, and then on 28, he slashed the same bowler to Rajin Saleh at gully, who put down an easy chance.
Gayle began to find his feet with two sublime cover-drives in quick succession, but there's still a long way to go for West Indies.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?