Stabroek News - Guyana: "GALLE, (Reuters) – Former captain Chris Gayle hit an explosive double century to propel West Indies to 362 for two on the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka today.
The tall left-hander smashed the ball all around the ground, batting throughout the day to finish unbeaten on 219 off 247 balls.
Gayle’s chanceless effort comprised eight sixes and 26 fours on a placid pitch. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was also 20 not out when stumps were drawn.
The opener, who has a top test score of 317, reached his 13th century by hitting Ajantha Mendis for two consecutive sixes in an expensive over which cost the spinner 18 runs.
Gayle celebrated with arms raised, flashed a broad grin, took off his helmet and lay flat on the ground to milk the applause.
He was less exuberant upon reaching his double century with a single."