Ruthless Gayle hits historic six

WEST Indies batsman Chris Gayle made history yesterday by becoming the first player to smash a six off the first ball of a Test match.

The big-hitting left-hander blasted Bangladesh's Sohad Gazi over long-on in the first Test, although the debutant had the last laugh when he had Gayle caught for 24. West Indies closed on 361-4 after centuries from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kieran Powell.

Gayle's landmark stroke came in the 2,051st Test match in history.