Gayle hundred puts WI in command
Chris Gayle announced a return to form with an emphatic hundred against Zimbabwe on Day 2 of the second Test at Dominica on Thursday.
Gayle had compiled a violent 61* in the third session on Day 1 after West Indies had bowled Zimbabwe out for 175 in their first innings. It was his first 50 in 9 innings following a poor run in Bangladesh. West Indies lost Marlon Samuels off the first ball of the day, forcing Gayle to play more cautiously.
He plodded along from 61 to 81, taking 43 deliveries to get those 20 runs. Six more deliveries were blocked before Gayle burst free, going from 81 to 99 with three sixes in four balls. On 99 he dabbed a delivery gently to point and took a single to bring up his 100.
His attempt to go for one more big hit off Prosper Utseya cost him his wicket soon after that, a mishit caught by a diving Kyle Jarvis after he had initially misjudged the trajectory of the hit. Gayle made 101 (145b, 12x4, 4x6).