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04-Aug-2016 02:28:00 GMT
West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Kingston, day 5

Ton-up Roston Chase Earns West Indies a Draw

Jamaica: Roston Chase conjured up a heroic maiden Test century to lead a remarkable West Indies fightback as the hosts forced a frustrating draw on India on the final day of the second match on Wednesday.

Chase, playing only his second Test match, came up with a resolute 137 off 269 balls and in the process raised three match-saving partnerships with his teammates.

The 24-year-old batsman batted through the day and became only the fourth West Indies player to score a hundred and claim a five-wicket haul in same match. He had returned figures of five for 121 in India’s first innings.

Chase joined three illustrious West Indies names — Sir Garfiled Sobers, Collie Smith and Dennis Atkinson — on the list of Caribbean players, who achieved the feat in the past.

West Indies began the day at a pitiable 48 for four but lost only two wickets in the entire fifth day, scuppering India’s ambitions to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Chase joined overnight batsman Jermaine Blackwood (63) at the start of play in the morning and raised a 93-run stand for the fifth wicket to deny India much success.

As sun shone bright and sunny, the wicket eased out a lot and hardly offered any assistance to the Indian bowlers.

Chase then weaved a 144-run partnership with next-man in Shane Dowrich (74), who became a victim of umpire Ian Gould’s misjudgement on an LBW appeal by R Ashwin.

After Dowrich’s dismissal, skipper Jason Holder joined his junior colleague and provided him tremendous support by hitting a fighting unbeaten 64, putting together a 103-run stand for the unconquered seventh wicket.

Chase’s knock had 15 shots to the fence and one over the ropes while holder struck eight fours and six.

Brief scores
West Indies -
196 (Blackwood 62, Ashwin 5-52) and 388/6 (Chase 137*, Holder 64*, Dowrich 74, Blackwood 63)
India - 500 for 9 (Rahul 158, Rahane 108*, Chase 5-121)
Result - Draw

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