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Gayle gives West Indies good start before South Africa hits back

Gayle gives West Indies good start before South Africa hits back

Chris Gayle hit a half century to lead West Indies to 130-2 at lunch Wednesday on the first day of the first test against South Africa.
The West Indies skipper hit 66 off 49 balls in an opening stand of 98 with Darren Ganga after South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss and sent West Indies in to bat at St. George's Park.
The South African pace attack did not have much luck early on as both batsmen survived inside edges that sailed close to their stumps off both Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn.
Ganga was the first to go, edging a wide delivery from Andre Nel to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for 33.
Gayle's wicket went two balls later, to the second ball of left-arm spinner Paul Harris' opening over as Jacques Kallis took a sharp catch low down at first slip off an edge from an expansive drive. Gayle managed fours.
Runako Morton reached 13 and Marlon Samuels 13 by lunch, with Samuels lucky to be there after he was caught off a no-ball from Steyn just two balls before the break.


Updated : 2021-07-31 05:11 GMT+08:00