Gayle closes in on Kanhai's mark, Shiv reaches 9000 Test runs

Galle, Sri Lanka – Chris Gayle continued his dominant batting moving to 255 not out at lunch on Day 2 of the 1st ERI Test match at the Galle International Stadium in this southern coastal town. The West Indies started the day on 362-2 and went to the break on 429-3.

The big left-hander started the day on 219 and was watchful for the most of the morning as he added 34 runs in two hours of play. Overall he has batted for 498 minutes, faced 336 balls and hit 29 fours and eight sixes.

Gayle now needs just a single to draw level with Rohan Kanhai as the highest individual score by a West Indian in Asia. Kanhai made 256 against India in Kolkata in 1959. Just before lunch Gayle surpassed the 250 made by Faoud Bacchus against India in Kanpur in 1979 to be second highest. Earlier he eclipsed Brian Lara’s 221 as the highest score for West Indies against Sri Lanka.

The other not out batsman at lunch is Brendan Nash on 16. He has so far added 37 runs for the fourth wicket with Gayle in an hour.

The highlight of the morning for the Windies was when experienced left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul became the second West Indian to reach 9000 runs in Test cricket. He reached the milestone with a single to fine leg. The other West Indian to make over 9000 is Brian Lara with 11 953.

Chanderpaul was however dismissed soon after for 32 – caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardena off Suraj Randiv. It was the only wicket for the morning as the hime team continued to toil on the hot, humid conditions.