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.
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