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West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st Test Day 1 at St Vincent: Chris Gayle scores 37th Test fifty

Chris Gayle's innings has helped guide West Indies to an unbeaten 82-run opening stand © AFP (File Photo)
Chris Gayle’s innings has helped guide West Indies to an unbeaten 82-run opening stand © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 5, 2014

Swashbuckling West Indian batsman Chris Gayle brought up his 37th half-century against Bangladesh on the first day of the first Test at Kingstown in St Vincent. West Indies were perched comfortably at 82 for no loss at the end of 21 overs in the first session of play.

Gayle brought up the milestone in his usual manner, by hitting a six. He smashed orthodox spinner Taijul Islam for 14 runs in the 22nd over of the innings, with the last two deliveries going for a four and a six. The Jamaican star has so far hit eight boundaries and a six in the course of his innings. He has been ably supported by Kraigg Brathwaite on the other end, who has scored 29 runs off 66 balls in a knock that included three boundaries.

After their clean sweep of three match one-day series, the hosts are heavily favoured to dictate terms in the white jersey as well. Earlier, West Indies had lost a Test series at home against New Zealand and will look to put up a better show in this series. Meanwhile, Bangladesh would like to put the 3-0 thumping received in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series behind, and look to start afresh.

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