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Gayle leads Windies fightback with blistering ton

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Chris Gayle vented out his anger on the Australian bowlers to score a blistering 102 from 72 balls as West Indies reached 214 for 2 in just 46 overs at Stumps on Day 2. The tourists are facing a tall total of 520 for 7 declared by the Aussies. Gayle was well supported by fellow opener Travis Dowlin who made 55. Ramnaresh Sarwan is holding the fortunes of Windies with an unbeaten 42.

The second day’s play saw tempers go out of control when left arm spinner Sulieman Benn got into an ugly episode with the Australian batting pair of Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson. The players even made physical contact with each other and a possible fight was broken by Umpire Billy Bowden but the damage has already been done. Benn is facing a one-test suspension while the Australian players are in for a slightly lower punishment. It all started when Benn came across the non-striker to stop a drive which was taken as an offence by the Aussie pair. Benn not to buckle down fired the ball back onto Haddin after few moments which ignited further trouble in the middle.

Australia resuming Day 2 on 339 for 3 were helped by half centuries from Marcus North (68) and Brad Haddin (88). Overnight batsman Michael Hussey didn’t do much damage today to miss out on a hundred.