Cricket

Chase century as Windies thwart India

2016-08-04 09:18
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Kingston - Roston Chase made history with a maiden Test century to complement his five-wicket first-innings haul as the West Indies continued to defy India on the final day of the second Test.

The Windies reached 319 for six in their second innings at tea at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Wednesday, a lead of 15 runs.

With one session of the match left, the hosts still have four wickets in hand as they seek to avoid going 2-0 down in the four-match series.

In just his second Test match, Chase reached three figures in mid-afternoon.

In doing so, he became just the fourth West Indian and first since the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers 50 years earlier to complete the rare feat of a century and a five-wicket innings haul in the same Test match.

He resumes after tea on 112 in partnership with captain Jason Holder with the West Indies seeking to escape from the match with a draw.

All had seemed lost when they started the final day with the innings in apparent ruins at 48 for four.

Having put on 93 runs for the fifth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood in the morning session to set the tone for the home side's unexpected resistance, Chase found another able partner in Shane Dowrich.

The wicketkeeper-batsman stroked 74 in a 144-run sixth-wicket stand before appearing to be harshly adjudged leg-before off the bowling of leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

Mishra had come close to dismissing Dowrich earlier in the session, but Ajinkya Rahane just could not hold on to a diving attempt at a catch at slip when the batsman was on 53.

As in the very first session of the match when he plundered a run-a-ball 62, Blackwood counter-attacked spectacularly at the start of the a sun-drenched day that followed a rain-ruined day four which had been limited to just 15.5 overs.

His furious 63 off 54 balls included nine fours and two sixes but came to an end via an excellent catch by Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg off Ravichandran Ashwin.

Such was the power of the diminutive right-hander's shot-making that the spinner had pulled out of attempting to take a caught-and-bowled achance when the batsman was on 37.

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