Chase’s 98 boosts Windies in sec­ond Test against In­dia

‘I think he un­der­stands spin. They face a lot of spin back in the Caribbean in do­mes­tic cricket’

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Roston Chase hit an un­beaten 98 yes­ter­day to give the West Indies hope of set­ting a chal­leng­ing to­tal as they bat­tle to level their Test se­ries against In­dia.

The tourists were 295 for seven at stumps af­ter elect­ing to bat first in the sec­ond and fi­nal Test in Hy­der­abad.

West Indies at times looked in trou­ble but Chase built cru­cial part­ner­ships, in­clud­ing a 104run sev­enth-wicket stand with skip­per Ja­son Holder, who made 52. Chase was ac­com­pa­nied by Deven­dra Bishoo, on two, at the close of play.

“Bishoo can score runs and keep his wicket in­tact. Ide­ally you’d look at the magic num­ber of 400 in the first in­nings,” said West Indies coach Stu­art Law.

“350, 400 will be ideal for us and ob­vi­ously the new ball with Shan­non Gabriel, with his ex­press pace, and Ja­son Holder back with his bounce and swing, we can get early break­throughs and ex­pose the mid­dle order of In­dia and put them un­der pres­sure.”

But Law ac­knowl­edged that his team will “have to work our socks off to get to 350”.

Holder made a strong re­turn af­ter miss­ing the open­ing de­feat in Ra­jkot with an an­kle in­jury, hit­ting his eighth Test fifty.

The sec­ond new ball did the trick for In­dia as pace­man Umesh Ya­dav got Holder caught be­hind on a ris­ing de­liv­ery.

Umesh and spin­ner Kuldeep Ya­dav claimed three wick­ets each to rat­tle the West Indies mid­dle order as the tourists slipped to 113-5 and then 182-6.

But Chase kept his calm to counter at­tack with wick­et­keeper-bats­man Shane Dowrich in a 69-run sixth-wicket stand, as skip­per Vi­rat Kohli mixed and matched the In­dian bowlers.

SE­CU­RITY SCARE

Umesh fi­nally broke the part­ner­ship by trap­ping Dowrich lbw for 30.

Chase got to his sev­enth Test fifty just be­fore tea and is on course for his fourth Test cen­tury. His high­est Test score of 137 not out came against In­dia in Ja­maica in 2016.

“I think he un­der­stands spin. They face a lot of spin back in the Caribbean in do­mes­tic cricket,” said Law. “He has got a long reach, he takes half a stride and is there to the length of the

crease. He uses that to his ad­van­tage, he is a clean striker of the ball.”

In­dia are a bowler short af­ter debu­tant pace­man Shardul Thakur suf­fered a groin in­jury in his sec­ond over and limped back to the pav­il­ion. He was sent for

scans and did not re­turn to field.

“Had Shardul been there, it would have been more help for the spin­ners. Like I got three wick­ets and if he could have chipped in with a cou­ple,” said Umesh.

“Ac­tu­ally when you are bowl­ing

with one fast bowler and three spin­ners, you fin­ish overs quickly so the idea was to slow down the pace of the game a lit­tle bit,” he added. The morn­ing ses­sion saw a fan run onto the field and embrace Kohli, who was clearly up­set. The fan tried

to plant a kiss on his cheek and take a selfie. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers over­pow­ered the young­ster and hauled him off the field as the crowd roared and clapped.

(AFP)

In­dian wick­et­keeper Rishab Pant looks on as West Indies bats­man Roston Chase plays a shot dur­ing the first day’s play of the sec­ond Test at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium in Hy­der­abad yes­ter­day.

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