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Gayle leads West Indies fight back

Published: Thursday December 17, 2009 | 1:27 pm Comments 0

West Indies captain Chris Gayle struck the fifth-fastest century in Test cricket history to lead a fight back against Australia on day two of the third and final Test at Perth.

The Caribbean side, replying to Australia’s first innings score of 520 for 7 declared, closed at the WACA on 214 for 2, with Gayle starring with 102 off 72 balls.

Gayle’s opening partner Travis Dowlin supported with 55.

The batsmen at the crease are Ramnaresh Sarwan on 42 and Narsingh Deonarine on 10.

Earlier, Michael Hussey and Marcus North missed out on becoming the first Australia batsmen this series to make centuries, the pair resumed on 81 and 23 with Australia’s score on 339 for 3.

Hussey only put on another one run to his overnight score before Ravi Rampaul dismissed him for 82, while North was caught and bowled by Deonarine for 66.

Brad Haddin also missed out on a century on day two when he was dismissed for 88.

Kemar Roach and Deonarine were the most successful bowlers for West Indies with 2 wickets each. Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo and Sulieman Benn picked up one wicket a piece.

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