Chase, Holder come to Windies rescue on Day 1 of Barbados Test

| Updated: May 01, 2017 15:44 IST

Barbados [West Indies], May 1 (ANI): A brilliant unbeaten century from Roston Chase helped West Indies to recover from a shaky start and get into a decent position on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan here at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown on Sunday. At Stumps on Day 1, West Indies were 286-6 with Chase and skipper Jason Holder batting at 131* and 58* respectively. Chase---who came into bat when West Indies were reeling at 37 for three after Kraigg Brathwaite (9), Shimron Hetmyer (1) and Shai Hope (5) had all fallen cheaply for the third time in as many attempts in the series---showed immense calm, composure and elegant strokeplay during his 207-ball knock. The 25-year-old, alongside opener Kieran Powell (38) and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (29), added some respectability to the score. From the moment he came into bat, Chase showed a brilliant awareness at the crease, knowing exactly when to leave the ball. He tackled the Pakistani spinners very effectively adjusting his feet against them and was in position to take advantage when they dropped the ball either short or bowled full. Chase's second test century was studded with a variety of shots, as he scored almost equally on both sides of the wicket, stroking 17 fours in his knock. Earlier, West Indies got off to a shaky start as they lost their first three wickets for less than 40 runs. Opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, scalping two wickets each and ride into West Indies' top order. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan both chipped in with a wicket each and kept the pressure on the hosts. Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0, having won the first Test by seven wickets at the Sabina Park. (ANI)

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