‘Resilient’ Chase leads West Indies rally after collapse on day 1

Mohammad Amir, Test cricket

A brilliant 131* from Roston Chase — his fourth score of over fifty in Test cricket and second century — helped West Indies post improbable 286 for 6 at stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval on Sunday (April 30). The hosts found themselves in a rather unexpected situation at the end of the day’s play, as they astonishingly recovered from a disastrous 37 for 3 at one stage and 154 for 6 at another to put themselves within sight of 300.

The hosts found themselves in a rather unexpected situation at the end of the day’s play, as they astonishingly recovered from a disastrous 37 for 3 at one stage and 154 for 6 at another to put themselves within sight of 300.

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Jason Holder (58*) once again came to West Indies’ rescue in a crisis situation, as he forged a pivotal 132-run union with Roston Chase to finish the day on even terms.

Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas picked up 2 wickets each, while the young debutant Shadab Khan and Yasir shah could only add one wicket to their tally.

Speaking at the end of the day’s play, Roston Chase shared a joke and said he relishes pressure situations.

“There’s a little joke in the dressing room, among the Barbados guys, that if it was a superhero movie, my superhero name would be Crisis Man,” Chase said at the end of first day’s play in Bridgetown. “I relish these situations, where we are on the back foot, under pressure. I just like to dig my team out of a hole all the time.”

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“Before this Test match, he told me, my brother, he wanted the ‘X’ celebration I did for my first hundred in Jamaica. That’s something I’ve started doing since I came back from England in 2015. Here inBarbadosthe ‘X’ is a symbol for Christ Church, that’s where we’re from, so it’s something to remind me of where I’m from and to just keep me going.”

“It [the pitch] is very dry, so as it goes on, I think the spinners may come into play a bit more,” he said. “It’s only day one, there are a lot of foot marks out there already. So I think the spinners can play a big role in the latter stages of the game. We’re not looking to get less than 350; 350 and above is great for us.”

Day 1 Summary:

West Indies 286 for 6 (Chase 131*, Holder 58*, Abbas 2-47, Amir 2-52) v Pakistan


 

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