Ton-up Gayle leads Windies fight back


In his typical destructive mood, the tall left-handed batsmen smashed the Australians all over the Western Australia Cricket Association ground to notch up his century in 70 balls as West Indies coasted to 214 for two from 46 overs, replying to Australia’s first innings score of 520 for seven declared, at stumps on day two.

Missing two of his key batsmen -- Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Adrian Barath -- due to injury, the skipper stepped up in style smashing nine boundaries and six hits over the fence during an entertaining 72-ball 102. Gayle was eventually dismissed after holding out to Shane Watson at point in trying to cut a Doug Bollinger short delivery.
Earlier, Australia resumed the second day at 339 for three and quickly lost Mike Hussey for 82, with Brad Haddin (88, 91 balls, 118m, 4x11, 6x2). Haddin's collection was important in inflating Australia's total, which is still intimidating.

Score board
Australia (I Innings)
Watson c Ramdin b Roach    89
Katich c Roach b Benn    99
Ponting (retired hurt)    23
Hussey c Ramdin b Rampaul    82
Clarke c Gayle b Deonarine    11
North  c&b Deonarine    68
Haddin c Ramdin b Roach    88
Johnson c Benn b Bravo    35
Hauritz (not out)    2
Extras (B-4, lb-2, W-1, nb-16)    23     
Total (for 7 wts decl; 130.4 ovrs)    520
Fall of wickets: 1-132, 1-175 (Ponting retired not out), 2-260, 3-277, 4-355, 5-444, 6-510, 7-520.
Bowling: Roach 22-2-104-2, Rampaul 22-6-85-1, Tonge 18-1-85-0, Dwayne Bravo 17.4-1-79-1, Sulieman Benn 28-4-87-1, Deonarine 23-4-74-2.
West Indies (I Innings)
Gayle c Watson b Bollinger    102
Dowlin c Hussey b Johnson    55
Sarwan (batting)    42
Deonarine (batting)    10
Extras (lb-1, nb-4)    5     
Total (for 2 wkts; 46 overs)    214
Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-175.
Bowling: Bollinger 11-2-41-1, Mitchell Johnson 11-1-68-1, McKay 8-1-31-0, Hauritz 10-1-49-0, Shane Watson 6-0-24-0.

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