Gayle dominates as West Indies reaches 362/2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Chris Gayle hit 26 boundaries and eight sixes to score 219 not out on Monday and lead West Indies to 362-2 at stumps.

Updated: November 15, 2010 17:40 IST
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Chris Gayle hit 26 boundaries and eight sixes to score 219 not out on Monday and lead West Indies to 362-2 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Gayle was involved in stands of 110 with Adrian Barath (50) and 196 with Darren Bravo (58) at Galle International Stadium in scoring his third Test double hundred.

After a tentative start, the left-handed Jamaican launched into a brutal attack, plundering 18 runs in one over from offspinner Suraj Randiv to reach his century.

Having hit a massive six over long off to bring up his century, his first on the subcontinent, Gayle lay down on the pitch with his arms and legs outstretched.

On Tuesday, Gayle will try and pass his highest Test score of 317, made against South Africa at Antigua in 2005.

"I love that - that would be another milestone, the wicket is still good to bat on ..." Gayle said. "Three teams I didn't get centuries against were Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. Coming here, I was definitely looking forward to it and eventually I got it.

"I am happy and pleased to be batting right through the day, and I'll be back tomorrow."

Gayle warned his team against complacency, recalling when West Indies lost a series 3-0 to Sri Lanka despite making several solid first-innings totals with star batsman Brian Lara scoring 688 runs.

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss praised Gayle but criticized his bowlers' line and length on a pitch that left no room for error.

"He is a devastating batsman when he gets going and today was his day," Bayliss said. "Today was a tough day at the office. That's the game of cricket. Thankfully, there are four days of the Test still to go. If we play well for those four days, we have a chance of winning."

The innings of Bravo, on Test debut, was more sedate, facing 159 balls before mistiming a pull shot against spinner Ajantha Mendis to be caught at square leg by Thilan Samaraweera.

Barath was earlier caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene off Randiv, who finished with 1-144 from 32 overs. Mendis took 1-90 from 29 overs.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was 20 not out at stumps.

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