St. John’s, June 4 :

Confident half centuries from Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo on Saturday lifted the West Indies to 318-6 and a first innings lead of 77 at the close of the second day of the opening Test,

India, resuming on 235-9, had been dismissed for 241 in the first 20 minutes of the day.

Gayle stroked 13 fours and a six in a topscore of 72 in reply. He added an important 119 for the second wicket with Sarwan (58). Bravo compiled an assured 68.

India’s bowling was led by veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who claimed 2-85. But the surprise package came from Virender Sehwag, who contributed a vital, career-best 2-32 with his off-spin. The inexperienced touring pace attack was disappointing with only Munaf Patel (2-60) distinguishing himself.

Fidel Edwards (2-53) wrapped up the Indian innings dismissing Patel in the day’s fifth over.

India had early success when the West Indies launched their pursuit as Daren Ganga fell leg before wicket to Patel at 18 for one. But Gayle and Sarwan provided the West Indies with the advantage in a run-a-minute partnership.