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November 19th 2012 08:00
Only one man in cricket has the bottle to do it.

Only a few men in cricket have the ability to do it.

No men in cricket want it to happen against them.

Every statistician wants it to happen at some point.

No traditionalists want to see it happen, ever.

The man is Chris Gayle, and it is hitting the first ball of a Test match for 6. The Jamaican clearly felt that the build up to the game had been too slow, and so decided to spice things up a little, by challenging the fans to a game of catch as they entered the ground. The bowler was Bangladeshi debutant Sohag Gazi, and with his first ball in Test cricket, he bowled an off spinning half volley on middle stump, and it was duly dispatched over long on by Gayle. Gazi though had the last laugh as he took the wickets of Gayle, and the rest of the top three. But these wickets weren’t enough to limit the West Indies, as they piled on the runs to score 527-4 declared, with centuries from Kieran Powell (117), Dinesh Ramdin (126*) and a double from Shivnarine Chanderpaul (203*). In reply Bangladesh made 556 a/o, with good contributions from Naeem Islam (108), Shakib Al-Hasan (89) and Nasir Hossain (96). To this the Windies made 273, with Powell making his second century of the match with 110. This set Bangladesh just 244 to win, but, as is normal for Bangladesh, they capitulated in the second innings to lose by 77 runs. Tino Best taking 5-24. This failure is another stoke to the fire that says that Bangladesh don’t deserve to be a Test playing nation.

As for Sohag Gazi he took 6 wickets in the second innings, and finished his debut with match figures of 9-219. Gayle on the other hand scored 43 runs off 46 balls in the match.

Typical Gayle.

Typical Bangladesh.

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Comment by Anonymous

November 20th 2012 10:58
This is what makes cricket such a fascinating game!

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