Defiant Chase helps WI to an unlikely draw

A brilliant century from Roston Chase, aided by half-centuries from Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder, helped West Indies draw the second Test against India at the Sabina Park Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chase led the way with a defiant 137 to help West Indies score 388/6, while India managed to take just two wickets on Day 5. 

Chase’s gritty knock saw him write his name in the record books as he became the first West Indies player since the legendary Garfield Sobers to take a five-wicket haul and score a century in the same Test.

Incidentally, Chase’s milestone comes just one day short of 50 years since Sobers’ historic effort.

The only West Indies wicket to fall during the post lunch session was that of Shane Dowrch — a virtual gift by umpire Ian Gould to leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

Dowrich had misread a relatively straight delivery from Mishra. The ball took the inside edge before hitting the pads and the umpire left Dowrich angry and distraught when he raised his finger in response to a rather hopeful appeal from Mishra.

Dowrich played a marvellous innings of 74 runs with six boundaries and a six and gave Chase excellent support from the other end. The duo piled on a 144-run partnership to frustrate the Indian bowlers.

The Indians bowled quite well though their efforts did not bear much fruit.

Earlier, West Indies reached 215/5 in their second innings at lunch.

Riding on contrasting half centuries from middle order batsmen Jermaine Blackwood (63) and Chase, the hosts recovered from the early jolts, which they received on Tuesday.

Brief Scores: West Indies 196 & 388/6 (Roston Chase 137 not out, Jason Holder 64 not out, Shane Dowrich 74; Mohammed Shami 2/82, Amit Mishra 2/90) vs India 500/9 declared.

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