Gayle and Barath make solid start as Windies reach 115-1

Galle, Sri Lanka – West Indies made an excellent start to the 1st ERI Test match reaching 115-1 at lunch on the opening day at the Galle International Stadium in the southern coastal city of Galle. Openers Chris Gayle and Adrian Barath added a superb 110 for the first wicket in just 112 minutes.

Barath made 50 off 86 balls with eight boundaries – including a superb cover drive off Ajantha Mendis. The small right-hander, in just his third Test, fell just before the break, caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardena off the bowling of off-spinner Suraj Randiv. The ball pitched on off stump, bounced and took the edge.

Gayle has been at his powerful best. At the break the big left-hander was on 54 – his 34th half-century at this level. So far he has smashed eight boundaries and two big sixes – the first over long-off and the next from a pull over midwicket. With him at the crease is debutant Darren Bravo, on four. He got off the mark in Test cricket with a spanking cover drive off Mendis, the ball before lunch.