Gayle comes alive with 145 not out at tea as Windies reach 238-1

Galle, Sri Lanka – Chris Gayle recorded his 13th Test match century as the West Indies took control over Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the 1st ERI Test at the Galle International Stadium in the southern coastal city of Galle. The powerful left-hander went to tea 145 off as the West Indies moved to 238-1.

From 115-1 at lunch, the Windies added 123 runs in the middle session without losing a wicket. With Gayle at the crease is debutant Darren Bravo on 32. The two left-handers have so far put together 128 runs for the second wicket in just over two hours.

Gayle was totally dominant hitting 19 boundaries and six sixes. The biggest went over long-off and into the street just outside the nearby bus station. It travelled 135 metres and was one of the biggest hits ever at the ground. The unlucky bowler was off-spinner Suraj Randiv, who has so far conceded 90 runs from 17 overs.