Windies lose Chase and strug­gle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DO­MINICA: West Indies’ Ros­ton Chase re­tired hurt as the hosts crawled to 218 for five against Pak­istan in their first in­nings on day three of the third and fi­nal Test in Do­minica on Fri­day.

Chase, the best West Indies bats­man by far in the se­ries, reached 60 be­fore be­ing struck on the el­bow by a short ball from Pak­istan pace bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir at Wind­sor Park in Roseau.

His de­par­ture in the fourth over, af­ter the se­cond new ball was taken, could have proved a big set­back to the home team, but they lost just one wicket in the re­main­ing 16.2 overs.

But de­spite West Indies play­ing them­selves into a rea­son­able po­si­tion at stumps, they were still 158 be­hind Pak­istan’s first-in­nings score, far from safety with two days left in the de­cid­ing test of the se­ries, which is tied at 1-1.

Wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich was 20 not out at the close, with pa­tient cap­tain Ja­son Holder on 11 off 42 balls in­clud­ing a lofty six over long-off in the fi­nal over, de­liv­ered by leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah.

Yasir was the most suc­cess­ful Pak­istan bowler, if a tad ex­pen­sive, pick­ing up the first three scalps of the in­nings and fin­ish­ing with 3-108.

He had Kraigg Brath­waite (29) and Shim­ron Het­myer (17) caught be­hind, the lat­ter given out on video re­view, while Kieran Pow­ell (31) was caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Reuters

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