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

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


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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  • Shehan 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.

  • Manesh 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!

  • Shehan 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.

  • Manesh 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?

  • Shehan 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.

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

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

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


  • Shehan 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.

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

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

  • karl 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 is playing good in seems the visiting team have gotten accustom to conditions in the sub-continent quickly

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