November 16, 2010
GAYLE SCORES SECOND TEST TRIPLE TON
• Jamaican joins Bradman, Lara and Sehwag in record books
GALLE, Sri Lanka — Chris Gayle scored his second triple century in test cricket today, lifting himself and his team past several records, as the West Indies reached 580-9 declared on day two of the first test against Sri Lanka.
Gayle scored 333, having faced 437 balls, hitting 34 fours and nine sixes.
The hosts reached 54-1 before bad light ended play with Kumar Sangakkara on 33 and Tharanga Paranavitana, 10, the not out batsmen after Dilshan was dismissed by debutant Andre Russell without scoring.
It was the first triple-century by a West Indies player away from home, the highest by any player in tests between the two nations, and the first triple hundred at Galle International Stadium.
West Indies also went past its highest total against Sri Lanka; 477-9 declared in St Lucia in 2003.
Gayle is also in the distinguished company of Donald Bradman of Australia, Brian Lara of the West Indies and Virender Sehwag of India to become only the fourth player to score two triple-hundreds.
Gayle's previous highest score was 317 set against South Africa.
The left-handed Jamaican was more sedate than his aggressive knock on the first day yesterday. He survived a scare in the first ball of the day when Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara referred an lbw appeal to the television umpire Asad Rauf, who turned down the appeal. The hosts have spent both their referrals allowed under International Cricket Council rules.
Another drama unfolded in the second session when Gayle, on 287, was surprised by a rising delivery from seamer Dammika Prasad and fended it to Sangakkara at short extra-cover who took an easy catch.
But non-striker Brenden Nash convinced Gayle to refer the decision to the third umpire, who ruled the batsmen not out because television replays showed the bowler had over-stepped for a no-ball.
Gayle drove powerfully through long off for a boundary to reach his triple century and knelt on the pitch holding his bat and helmet high in celebration.
Source:AP and Jamaica Observer