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Gayle, C’paul guide Windies to take grip

Contrasting centuries by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle tightened West Indies’ grip over Zimbabwe on the second day of the second and final Test at Windsor Park.

At stumps, the home side were 381 for eight in reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 175, a huge lead of 206.

They will be pushing to complete another comprehensive victory with two days to spare -- as achieved the previous week in Barbados -- to sweep the brief series 2-0 and extend their Test match winning streak to six.

Having earned honorary citizenship of the island in scoring the first Test century at the venue two years ago against India, Chanderpaul strengthened those terms of endearment with Dominicans in a five-hour vigil that was only ended by a controversial catch.

His 108 occupied most of the day after Marlon Samuels fell to the first delivery of the morning. The other overnight batsman, Gayle, carried on to 101, his 15th Test hundred, an innings embellished with his usual accompaniment of powerfully-driven fours and towering sizes to seize Windies control over Zimbabwe.
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