Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day November 15, 2010

'I'd love to get to that 317' - Gayle

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Chris Gayle, playing his first Test after being replaced as captain, harboured hopes of a maiden Test win for West Indies on Sri Lankan soil after scoring his third Test double-century on the opening day of the first Test at Galle on Monday.

"It would be nice to get a Test win in Sri Lanka but it won't be easy. You've got to get ten wicket- taking deliveries and move on to get another ten. We still have four more days to go we'll have to continue and build on this," said Gayle who scored 219 not out of West Indies' total of 362 for 2.

Sri Lanka beat the West Indies 3-0 in 2001, despite West Indies scoring over 400 runs twice in the series, something Gayle had clearly not forgotten. "Brian [Lara] scored over 600 runs in the series but we lost all three Test matches. At the same time we got about 400 runs here [Galle] in the first Test the last time I was here, but we still lost the Test match.

"We still have that in mind so we are not taking anything for granted. It was a good day for us so we just have a try and get about 500 runs and get a good start."

Gayle also expressed his desire to set a new career best. "I'd love to get to that 317 that would be a milestone. The wicket's still good to bat on and the spinners are getting a bit more bounce and turn. We'll see tomorrow, if we can get past the first hour anything is possible."

The century was Gayle's first in the subcontinent and he was thrilled to have finally managed the feat. "I was aware of that I had not scored a hundred against all three teams. I was keen to score a Test century against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. Coming here I was definitely looking forward to that first break. When I got it I was very pleased and to be batting right to the end.

"The last time I toured here I didn't get any runs. I didn't get a half century in the Test and I struggled. When I got an opportunity like this it was very happy and thrilling for me to actually get past the milestone."

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss heaped praise on Gayle but was critical of the way Sri Lanka bowled in the first session. "He's obviously a class player and a strong hitter and a devastating batsman when he gets going. Today was his day. We beat the bat a few times especially earlier with a couple of top-edges, and on another day if something goes to the hand you are away.

"My point of view is I was disappointed with the way we went about things in the first session, which put us behind the eight ball. We gave a guy like that a bit of a start where he would go from strength to strength.

"I thought the six or seven overs we bowled quite well to the lines and lengths that we wanted to. We got away from that after that first six or seven overs. It was a wicket that if you were slightly short or off line or full, with a fast outfield it was four runs."

Bayliss said that with Angelo Mathews unable to bowl because of a leg strain, Sri Lanka struggled with four bowlers on a placid pitch. "When we first played here we had four bowlers as well. If we go with five bowlers and five batters, and if we didn't have enough runs on the board, everyone will start saying why you went with five batters only. It's something that without Angi [Mathews] being able to bowl puts us at a disadvantage."

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  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 19, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    @Man007: Erm NZ didn't lose 20 wickets did they? India failed to bowl them out. As for other batsman, Different batsman got different weaknesses. Indian batsmen's main weakness is the bouncer. Just imagine how good it must be feeling batting w/o having to worry about opponents exploiting their main weakness.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 19, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @harsh_vardhans_mom - So other team's batsmen are not able to bat even on those conditions ??? that's pity.. no bounce no swing and still not able to bat and lost 20 wickets!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    @Man007: No bounce and swing. Indian batmens' main weakness is bounce. That is a fact. No bounce, No threat and can score freely. I'm not talking about greats like SRT, VVS, Dravid, Sehwag but the likes of Vijay, Pujara, Raina etc. Let's see how they perform in SA.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 18, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @harsh_vardhans_mom. (and are made to suit Indian BATSMAN.) How can be a pitch made for batsmen from one side???? lol... that shows the inability of other batsmen, right?

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 16, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    The only argument you seem to having is SL not winning a test in India. What is India? Lords? Everyone knows Indian pitches are dead and are made to suit Indian BATSMAN. Even Indian bowlers failed to take 20 wickets against an inexperienced NZ line up. How about the fact that your overrated team has got kicked out world cups by SL in 3 occasions (1996, 2007, T20 in WI) or how about the fact that India lost TWICE IN A ROW to ZIMBABWE (That also post-Streak era) Maybe the number of times 'god' SRT chocked when it mattered the most? This is a SL vs WI article not 'Indians think their team is the best even if they are not' artcle.

  • Kavajo on November 16, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Forget about winning the match. Let him bat for the world record!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 16, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @nav84smom WELL MAMAS BOY U CAN COME UP WITH ALL FACTS BUT ONE FACT IS THAT UR TEAM HAS NOT WON A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN INDIA LEAVE ALONE AUS AND SA HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A FACT HAHAHAHAHA U GOTTA LOVE THAT ??????

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 16, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002: Iit's clear that you are still bitter over the Randhiv-Sehwag incident. If your overrated team was playing, it would've been 483-0 right now. As for Sehwag whacking SL bowlers in dead Indian pitches, I can remember countless times where SL wrecked through your overrated line up. @Abhishek Singh: Didn't know you were able to predict the future. But I think you have got India & SL mixed up considering India was 15/5 in the last match and they may get all out for 99 in this match.

  • Meety on November 16, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Go the WINDIES! Obviously I think looks detined for a draw!

  • kaleb28 on November 16, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    good start chris gayle at least u can focus now on ur batting, and now i cam enjoy some whirl wing batting in test match. keep it up.nz is playing good in india.it seems the visiting team have gotten accustom to conditions in the sub-continent quickly

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 19, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    @Man007: Erm NZ didn't lose 20 wickets did they? India failed to bowl them out. As for other batsman, Different batsman got different weaknesses. Indian batsmen's main weakness is the bouncer. Just imagine how good it must be feeling batting w/o having to worry about opponents exploiting their main weakness.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 19, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @harsh_vardhans_mom - So other team's batsmen are not able to bat even on those conditions ??? that's pity.. no bounce no swing and still not able to bat and lost 20 wickets!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    @Man007: No bounce and swing. Indian batmens' main weakness is bounce. That is a fact. No bounce, No threat and can score freely. I'm not talking about greats like SRT, VVS, Dravid, Sehwag but the likes of Vijay, Pujara, Raina etc. Let's see how they perform in SA.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 18, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @harsh_vardhans_mom. (and are made to suit Indian BATSMAN.) How can be a pitch made for batsmen from one side???? lol... that shows the inability of other batsmen, right?

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 16, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    The only argument you seem to having is SL not winning a test in India. What is India? Lords? Everyone knows Indian pitches are dead and are made to suit Indian BATSMAN. Even Indian bowlers failed to take 20 wickets against an inexperienced NZ line up. How about the fact that your overrated team has got kicked out world cups by SL in 3 occasions (1996, 2007, T20 in WI) or how about the fact that India lost TWICE IN A ROW to ZIMBABWE (That also post-Streak era) Maybe the number of times 'god' SRT chocked when it mattered the most? This is a SL vs WI article not 'Indians think their team is the best even if they are not' artcle.

  • Kavajo on November 16, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Forget about winning the match. Let him bat for the world record!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 16, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    @nav84smom WELL MAMAS BOY U CAN COME UP WITH ALL FACTS BUT ONE FACT IS THAT UR TEAM HAS NOT WON A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN INDIA LEAVE ALONE AUS AND SA HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A FACT HAHAHAHAHA U GOTTA LOVE THAT ??????

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 16, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002: Iit's clear that you are still bitter over the Randhiv-Sehwag incident. If your overrated team was playing, it would've been 483-0 right now. As for Sehwag whacking SL bowlers in dead Indian pitches, I can remember countless times where SL wrecked through your overrated line up. @Abhishek Singh: Didn't know you were able to predict the future. But I think you have got India & SL mixed up considering India was 15/5 in the last match and they may get all out for 99 in this match.

  • Meety on November 16, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Go the WINDIES! Obviously I think looks detined for a draw!

  • kaleb28 on November 16, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    good start chris gayle at least u can focus now on ur batting, and now i cam enjoy some whirl wing batting in test match. keep it up.nz is playing good in india.it seems the visiting team have gotten accustom to conditions in the sub-continent quickly

  • on November 16, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    I want 420 frm you Gayle. Pls. try.

  • on November 16, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    West Indies got a good start. they will be going for a huge score. its really tough for Sri lanka to win the game. history showed that batting in really tough fro ND day onwards.Remember the Pakistan match. they were unable to reach a target of 168 and bowled out for 117 and the last match against India. So fro here there is only one team can win and that's W Indies. Sri lanka can only try to draw the match ratifier then looking for a win.

  • jermainewi on November 16, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    good start for wi...... i would to see gayle make 400 or beat his best 317....... good cricket. i love it

  • on November 16, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I want 400+ from you Mr. Gayle.

  • anver777 on November 16, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Gayle (Gale) strikes in Galle.......what a player hurricane double century a treat to watch !!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 16, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    NO Murali + NO Malinga = Worries for Lanka :)

  • Indiaiancrickinfo on November 16, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan is the closest batsman to Chris Gayle style in International Cricket. There is a lot of similarity in between both the batsmen. Aggression to start of with and Dominating opposition with Hard Shots all around the place. Both have got an apetite for big scores as well... But.... In India, there is a quota for Players in terms of religion, caste, Zone and we might never see the rightful Player getting a Fair chance. Where is Robin Utthapa,Irfan Pathan, Yousuf Pathan? Why was Kaif Dropped from Peak? what is his future? Why is Rahul Dravid and VVS laxman, Irfan Pathan, Yousuf Pathan not in the One day squad? Yuvraj Singh.... Why was he demoted to Group B contract, Why was Group D scrapped despite of Indian Cricket board being 'The Richest Sporting Body" in the World? This and many questions... arise in one's mind. I belive that the management and Selection should be Outsourced just as the Coach of Indian team and then only we can see some fair selection and India can win.

  • on November 16, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Chris Gayle just showed the Sri Lankans what it is like, the new non Murali era.

  • Chunati on November 16, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    West Indies doing well is good for international cricket. I had suggested on Sri Lanka team selection a few days back that resting Malinga was not right. It has clearly proven how Sri Lanka are missing him. I hope Sri Lanka learn a lesson. If the selectors really rested him for World Cup, that is sad. These kind of attitude is undesriable for the purest form of the game - that is why the test cricket championship is so important. ODIs and T20s should revolve around test cricket, not the other way around.

  • on November 16, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    hahaha lankan will lot this by innings and 200 runs.scorecard dilshan 0 both innings sanga 1 and 0 .,they cant even reach 100 in 1st innings.

  • phoenixsteve on November 16, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    It's great to see the Windies finding some form. It's great for cricket and comes at a time when the test scene seems very open. I don't know about the ICC rankings but it seems that maybe South Africa are slightly ahead of the pack. It then looks like India, Sri Lanka, England, Australia and possibly a revitalised NZ and WI getting into the contest. (not necessarily in the above order) Pakistan should be in there too but the current mess and all the matchfixing/betting/cheating recriminations could well keep them out of World cricket for several years? For us cricket lovers the game is at an exciting stage and the current test series promise much excitement! Congratulations to Chris Gayle and let's hope he gets that elusive score. England soon start their much talked about compaign and as an England fan I am hopefull....... COME ON ENGLAND!

  • evenflow_1990 on November 16, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    i'm sri lanka, but total respect to chris gayle. in form, he gets out when the match has been completely changed. a real slogger, and one who can bat for long periods of time. he's got his own technique for test matches and it's a good one. i think we can learn from this - without murali, we need to play 5 frontline bowlers at all times. we have 7 class batsman who can put on 500 regularly. so we need the 5 bowlers from the second test onwards. I hope gayle gets to his triple century. i'd like to note that gayle, who just lost his captaincy, actually played better for someone else. usually in the subcontinent, they deliberately underperform. kudos for gayle's spirit.

  • on November 16, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    if he makes 400, than im gonna be big fan of WEST INDIES CRICKET.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 16, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    HA HA HA CANNOT BELIEVE HOW IMPOTENT AND USELESS SL BOWLING ATTACK WAS MADE TO LOOK THE MYSTERY MAN MENDIS IS MADE HISTORY AND CHEATER NO BALL BOWLER RANDIV (SEHWAG 99) WAS TAKEN TO CLEANERS HOW MANY TIMES THE BALL HIT THE BUS GOING ON THE STREETS BEHIND GALLE.JUST WAS A REMINDER OF THE IND -SL MATCH LAST YEAR IN MUMBAI WHERE SEHWAG RIPPED OFF THE SL ATTACK MIND U RIPPED OF MURALI I GUESS GAYLE MIGHT GO ONE BETTER THAN VIRU LOL NEVER TIRED OF WATCHING THAT GAYLE WHIRLWIND INNINGS

  • Meety on November 16, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    One Day of cricket does not mean too much but here goes; 1. Resting Malinga for the World Cup was not a good idea, (unless he was actually injured) 2. Gayle playing within himself is a very formidable batsman, 3. SLs ranking (whilst a reward for solid performances), will be under pressure when they tour away from the sub-continent 4. For SL cricket to truely leap forward (good things have been done with 1st class structure),as with India more allround pitch conditions need to be adopted. Who would want to be a bowler on a pitch like that? I still think SL will prevail (I am a fan of SL cricket), but I am hoping this is the start of a WIndies revival. Hopefully the WIndies get a 500+ score to apply some pressure.

  • Dashgar on November 16, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Suddenly West Indies on paper look more than a match for the Sri Lankans. West Indies bowling stocks are also a lot strong than Sri Lanka as they have 5 bowlers and genuine pace which is a weapon no matter what the pitch is doing.

  • on November 16, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    great job Chris, GO for the 317

  • whyowhy on November 16, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Great Gayle, we are sick of seeing Shewag and Luxman batting with runners when they score big hundreds but you used your own steam, in this day of using the rules to your advantage which the toothless umpires and ICC allow, this is refreshing - no cramps for you mate, if you used the popular excuse you would have scored another 30 runs yesterday..........Keep in up.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 16, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    rachits: hahaha This is still the first day and you are already commenting about lifeless pitches. Stat - Last 3 test matches played in Galle produced results. Can you say the same about India? Also what happened in the 1st test match between India & NZ? A clear winner was chosen wasn't it? As for NZ being better than WI, current NZ side playing in India is an INEXPERIENCED side while you cannot say the same about the WI. Also I don't see India being in a better position having anything to do with math.

  • on November 16, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Would have been better if Herath and Welagedara were in the side

  • yerrr on November 16, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Good start for WI...I would like to see some consistency in this game, please!!.. good inning from Gayle and i hope he come back harder and not play some loose shot... watch out for the youngsters in the side..

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on November 16, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Sri-Lanka continues to produce road track pitches that will only harm cricket in that country. I don't think in any country 600+ has become such a routine thing as in SL. No wonder pretty average batsmans like Sangkkara and Samarveera have 50+ averages. After all, it is SL where once 900 runs were scored in a test. Please improve your pitches before our lads visit you again. Swann will spin you out anyway might as well give a chance to your pacers.

  • Alexk400 on November 15, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    I hope sangakarra and srilankans understand how valuable murali was. He would have taken out Gayle long ago. Oh well..live and learn for srilanka. Gayle may make 350.

  • Vice-Captain on November 15, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Without a good spinner it will be near impossible for WI to force a win. However, fun to watch Gayle in form ... Disappointing to see how Ajantha Mendis has totally fizzled. Expecting a double hundred from Jayawardane and Sanga (or both). This is what they do ...

  • joycelinep on November 15, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    well all i can say is fantastic.well done chris,hope you can continue tomorrow.good luck guys.

  • cricket_for_all on November 15, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I really appreciate the Gayle's innings. Buy the way this is nothing to do with Murali's absence but rather Gayle played first class knock (Don't undermine Gayle's knock with Murali talk). The same WI team bowled out for 179 in Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI (There was no Murali there). Well, We have another 4 more days to play and WI has long history of collapsing (wait and see).

  • CricketPissek on November 15, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    i'm sure i am not the only sri lankan cricket fan who still appreciates amazing innings. like sehwag in 2008 in galle, this is another amazing double hundred. we'll see if the lankans can pull it back. harsh reality of playing test matches without Murali. our boys will learn. keep the faith!

  • razors_1981 on November 15, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    is this thw same WI team that bowled out for 179 in Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI game? and i agree with Tharindu_Weli now that we don't have murali any more we can't go to a test match with just 4 bowlers. hope this is a just 1 bad day and sl come back good today.

  • Rajdev on November 15, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka are finding what life is like, without Murali. Has any team's fortunes so heavily depended on a single player, as SL on Murali? Even after Bradman's retirement, Australia did well in the next few years. Rajan

  • Hendersun on November 15, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Chris, this 219 by that you blasted yesterday makes me feel proud to be a West Indian supporting you and the rest of the team. By the way, when you go back to bat tomorrow, I would like for you to do more of the same, please. This time, it would be on behalf of fellow nationals in the team feeling shy and unable to blast ball in the test arena. In saying this, I do not underestimate the abilities of any player in the team and I could not think of any more fitting encouragement than this batting display by you today that should inspire enhanced performances by all players in the team ( wicketkeeper chosen by the selectors, too). And, for the benefit of those who do not remember, the Sri Lankan wickets are typically loaded with runs just like West Indian wickets at St. Kitts, Antigua and Bourda in Guyana. West Indian bowlers will have tough work bowling at the Sri Lankans when they bat. Chris should be looking to surpass his high of 317 to score at least 438 here.

  • on November 15, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Now it is very possible to score triple hundred against Sri Lanka in absense of Muralidharan. Keep it up Gayle, great innings to watch.

  • on November 15, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    5 bucks Sl take the series.......

  • thebrownie on November 15, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Half the comments here reeks of ignorance. hoodbu: Gayle's strike rate is fantastic. And you call him selfish? Zigor: None of the bowlers have suspect actions. Not even Murali. He was cleared. Do you really have any idea about the laws surrounding bowling actions? Clearly not.

    Balldinho: WI team sadly has been crap for the last 10 years. This is a surprise performance. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  • on November 15, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    @zigor. I dont know what is the problem with srilankans or any other cricket team with an unusual bowling action. Other players had it too and weren't very successful. For example paul adam. Also i dont think mendis has a strange action.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 15, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Probably the best I've seen Gayle play. Hopefully W.I. performance will cause Sri Lanka to play Malinga, it would improve the quality of the cricket.

  • rachits on November 15, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    woohooo!! i am loving this!! all the SL fans that were repeatedly saying that india wasnt a gud team, and they prepared lifeless pitches which led to boring matches...well...back at ya!!! pitches dnt come deader than in sl...and guys, REALLY the most boring test matches, with sides batting on for 2-3 day n making regular 600+ scores, r d speciality of SL. Also, abt being a better team...lemme help ya out wid some maths, ok? WI is a worse team than NZ. SL are in a worse position against them than ind against NZ...now u do the maths urself! LOL

  • Nathan_123 on November 15, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    This was the worst opening bowling attack I have witnessed for a long time from a Srilankan team. Prasad and Thilan both bowled ill discipline line and length and got punished by the West Indians. The worst of all was when Srilanka took the second new ball the opening bowlers only bowled 3 overs, and Sanga was compelled to bring the spinners on. what a great knock by Gayle. I really enjoyed his knock. In my opinion Srilanka will struggle to win test matches without Murali. He single-handedly carried Srilanka for the last two decades. It's quite clear in this West Indian's inning how Srilanka missed Murali.

  • hoodbu on November 15, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Selfish Gayle is probably more concerned about 317 than a WI victory. He just doesn't care about WI cricket, only about his own game. Good that he was deposed of captaincy.

  • Zigor on November 15, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    What happened Srilanka, running out of ideas against Gayle. I am so happy that he did this to Sri lanka because I feel these days Srilankan bowlers are getting wickets because of their strange actions and not because of sheer talent. I want to know that how the Srilankans would have faced Malingas , muralis ,mendis and randivs. I think Chaminda Vaas was the rare bowler with a clean action. I feel when these bowlers would retire, Srilanka would struggle. It is very easy to criticize Indian fast bowlers on flat pitches but atleast they have straight actions and they try hard. BTW , I am neither an Indian fan nor a Srilankan fan.

  • on November 15, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    What a player he is!!! Great Gayle!!!

  • on November 15, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Chris Gayle has all the temprament and talent to reach that milestone of 317. All the best Gayle! Keep in mind, you need to play lofted shots only on loose deliveries. Keep your head cool and maintain your stamina without becoming lethargic. Keep it Up!

  • Tharindu_Weli on November 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    I don't think Sri Lanka can give excuses saying that Mathews cannot bawl in this match. He played as a pure batsmen in the Australia due to Injury. If Angelo is selected as an all rounder then its a big mistake. If they really wanted to play Mathews then Kumar should have kept wickets and played another bowler like Dilhara. I think Dilhara is the best strike bowler in this squad.

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    The two fast bowlers choosen have not yet provied themselves. Better try Dilhara and even Thisara ( though he is a oneday specialist ). Now Sanga is feeling the vaccum left by Vassy, whom he tried to outs from the team with Mahela for some time.

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    To every hater in the Caribbean that BACK-STABBED our fellow Islanders before this tour even started saying it will be a flop, This Day 1 performance is directed at ALL OF YOU!! A Double Century by Gayle, two 50's by our young batsmen in Barath and Darren Bravo. The talent is there, these guys will rise to the top as long as we SUPPORT THEM!! Well Done Boys, now bring home the Test to put the Critics to sleep who doubted you before you even got on the plane!

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Gwaan Big Man... Now get Lara 400 not out.

  • Hoggy_1989 on November 15, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Until I see a Sri Lankan pitch with some grass on it, or some indication it will take spin or do something later in the Test match, I'm writing this entire series off (and indeed all future Sri Lankan Test series) as 0-0 draws. This is an absolute joke. And people complain about the demise of Test cricket....well here's a thought: Give the bowlers a chance to take wickets, and there will be interesting games!

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  • Hoggy_1989 on November 15, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Until I see a Sri Lankan pitch with some grass on it, or some indication it will take spin or do something later in the Test match, I'm writing this entire series off (and indeed all future Sri Lankan Test series) as 0-0 draws. This is an absolute joke. And people complain about the demise of Test cricket....well here's a thought: Give the bowlers a chance to take wickets, and there will be interesting games!

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Gwaan Big Man... Now get Lara 400 not out.

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    To every hater in the Caribbean that BACK-STABBED our fellow Islanders before this tour even started saying it will be a flop, This Day 1 performance is directed at ALL OF YOU!! A Double Century by Gayle, two 50's by our young batsmen in Barath and Darren Bravo. The talent is there, these guys will rise to the top as long as we SUPPORT THEM!! Well Done Boys, now bring home the Test to put the Critics to sleep who doubted you before you even got on the plane!

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    The two fast bowlers choosen have not yet provied themselves. Better try Dilhara and even Thisara ( though he is a oneday specialist ). Now Sanga is feeling the vaccum left by Vassy, whom he tried to outs from the team with Mahela for some time.

  • Tharindu_Weli on November 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    I don't think Sri Lanka can give excuses saying that Mathews cannot bawl in this match. He played as a pure batsmen in the Australia due to Injury. If Angelo is selected as an all rounder then its a big mistake. If they really wanted to play Mathews then Kumar should have kept wickets and played another bowler like Dilhara. I think Dilhara is the best strike bowler in this squad.

  • on November 15, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Chris Gayle has all the temprament and talent to reach that milestone of 317. All the best Gayle! Keep in mind, you need to play lofted shots only on loose deliveries. Keep your head cool and maintain your stamina without becoming lethargic. Keep it Up!

  • on November 15, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    What a player he is!!! Great Gayle!!!

  • Zigor on November 15, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    What happened Srilanka, running out of ideas against Gayle. I am so happy that he did this to Sri lanka because I feel these days Srilankan bowlers are getting wickets because of their strange actions and not because of sheer talent. I want to know that how the Srilankans would have faced Malingas , muralis ,mendis and randivs. I think Chaminda Vaas was the rare bowler with a clean action. I feel when these bowlers would retire, Srilanka would struggle. It is very easy to criticize Indian fast bowlers on flat pitches but atleast they have straight actions and they try hard. BTW , I am neither an Indian fan nor a Srilankan fan.

  • hoodbu on November 15, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Selfish Gayle is probably more concerned about 317 than a WI victory. He just doesn't care about WI cricket, only about his own game. Good that he was deposed of captaincy.

  • Nathan_123 on November 15, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    This was the worst opening bowling attack I have witnessed for a long time from a Srilankan team. Prasad and Thilan both bowled ill discipline line and length and got punished by the West Indians. The worst of all was when Srilanka took the second new ball the opening bowlers only bowled 3 overs, and Sanga was compelled to bring the spinners on. what a great knock by Gayle. I really enjoyed his knock. In my opinion Srilanka will struggle to win test matches without Murali. He single-handedly carried Srilanka for the last two decades. It's quite clear in this West Indian's inning how Srilanka missed Murali.