Chris Gayle posted a 81-ball knock of 61 that helped West Indies reach 103 for no loss © AFP
By Amit Banerjee
Sep 5, 2014
West Indies put on a strong opening partnership in the first session of play to post 103 runs without the loss of a wicket at Lunch on the first day of the opening Test against Bangladesh at Kingstown at St Vincent. Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite posted scores of 61 and 40 respectively, while none of the Bangladeshi bowlers were particularly effective in stifling the flow of runs.
Bangladesh had earlier won the toss and their captain Mushfiqur Rahim had elected to field. The West Indians started off on a slow note, scoring only 13 runs off the first five overs. The duo of Gayle and Brathwaite began to pick the pace up as the run flow steadily increased. The first couple of boundaries were scored in the fourth over, which was followed by 12 more such shots and a six.
Gayle brought up his 37th Test half-century in the 21st over, which he single-handedly smashed for 14 runs, much to the delight of the crowd. The 34 year-old Jamaican batsman hit eight boundaries and a six during his pursuit of the milestone. He was aptly supported by Kraigg Brathwaite on the other side, who scored a patient 40 from 92 balls.
The Bangladeshi bowlers looked clueless throughout the session, with skipper Rahim trying atleast five different bowlers during the course. The pick among the bowlers was Al-Amin Hossain, who emerged the top Bangladeshi bowler during the limited-overs engagements and also broke into the ICC Top 100 ODI bowlers recently. The visitors will be praying for a wicket, especially that of the rampaging Gayle in the second session in order to bring the match slightly back to their control. West Indies on the other hand will look to use this opportunity to build a platform for a larger total.
West Indies 103 for 0 in 29 overs (Chris Gayle 61, Kraigg Brathwaite 40; Al-Amin Hossain 0/22) vs Bangladesh
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(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, traveling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)