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Chase ton and Holder half-century steady West Indies

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Chase ton and Holder half-century steady West Indies

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BRIDGETOWN – Middle order batsman Roston Chase hit his second Test century as the West Indies closed the opening day of the second cricket Test against Pakistan in the Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup three-match series on 286 for six in 89 overs at Kensington Oval here Sunday.

He finished the day on 131 not out, alongside his captain Jason Holder, who is unbeaten on 58.

Chase, 25, a tall right-hander, has so far struck 17 fours in his unbeaten innings off 207 balls in 309 minutes. Holder’s knock has been laced with eight fours off 125 balls in 161 minutes.

West Indies won the toss and batted, but struggled over the first two sessions. They moved from 72 for three at lunch to 166 for six at tea, before Chase and Holder batted through the final session.

After losing opener Kraigg Brathwaite for nine and Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope for one and five respectively, before lunch, the West Indies also lost the wickets of Kieran Powell (38), Vishaul Singh (3) and Shane Dowrich (29) in the post-lunch session.

But Chase and Holder joined forces in a productive, unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 132 runs in 39 overs.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas have been Pakistan’s most successful bowlers with two wickets each for 52 and 47 runs, respectively. (EZS)

Summarised scores:

West Indies 286 for 6 (Roston Chase 131 not out, Jason Holder 58 not out, Kieran Powell 38, Shane Dowrich 29; Mohammad Abbas 2-47, Mohammad Amir 2-52) vs Pakistan.