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Last Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008, 02:47 GMT
Gayle dismissal boosts Sri Lanka
First Test, Guyana (day two, stumps):
Sri Lanka 476-8d v West Indies 29-1

Chaminda Vaas dismisses Chris Gayle
Sri Lanka mob Chaminda Vaas after he dismisses Chris Gayle

Sri Lanka collected the prized scalp of Chris Gayle to strengthen their hold on the opening Test against West Indies after Mahela Jayawardene's century.

Left-arm fast-medium bowler Chaminda Vaas inflicted an early blow to the West Indies' batting, when he removed Gayle for the seventh time in Tests.

The home team were 29-1 when stumps were drawn on the second day.

Jayawardene had made 136 as the visitors reached a formidable 476-8 declared in their first innings.

With a little over an hour remaining before the close, Sri Lanka could hardly believe their fortune when Gayle was adjudged lbw to Vaas for a duck, playing half forward to a well-pitched delivery.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, playing his first Test in nine months, joined Devon Smith as the hosts avoided further losses.

Jayawardene's patient innings included 13 fours before he was unluckily judged lbw when attempting to reverse sweep Gayle, the ball appearing to hit his glove.

The Sri Lanka skipper had earlier survived two dropped catches, put down by Gayle at first slip and Dwayne Bravo at short fine leg.

Vaas shared a seventh-wicket stand of 126 with his captain and reached an unbeaten half-century before the declaration.

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene: "When you play for 10 years, you tend to learn a few things and try and add them to your game.

"You focus a bit more. When you mature, you know your mistakes and try not to make those mistakes, develop a game plan that will suit your strengths and weaknesses.

"It was important that we got to 400 - that was a pretty good total on this pitch, considering that it is very slow.

"Once the ball is old, it is gets tougher to score runs, and 400 was the milestone for us. That is what we were targetting. We were a bit slow in getting this. I reckon 460 is worth about 550 on this pitch."

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