West Indies at 295/7 at stumps; half centuries for Chase and Holder
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West Indies at 295/7 at stumps; half centuries for Chase and Holder

Roston Chase is only two runs short of a century (98 not out) and still batting for West Indies against India by stumps on Friday, the first day of the second test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, at Hyderabad. Roston Chase and West Indies Captain Jason Holder drove West Indies innings to a competitive total of 295 for 7. Roston Chase who looked relatively calm today made spectacular batting and Indian bowlers’ struggled to find loopholes in Chase’s batting. His 98 runs come from 174 balls which was a perfect innings for a test batsman.

After losing five wickets, a big turnaround happened in West Indies innings. Roston Chase found a better partner in Shane Dowrich to build a 6th wicket partnership. A struggling West Indies came out of their worst and got a decent 197/6 at tea time. Earlier, Chase made a tremendous 69-run sixth-wicket stand with Shane Dowrich, who made 30. But when Dowrich fell in Umesh Yadav’s ball, West Indies captain Jason Holder took up the responsibility.

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Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder built a fantastic 7th wicket partnership to save the face of West Indies and drove the score beyond 250. The duo played every ball on merit. It was fantastic to watch a partnership which added another 104 runs to West Indies innings. When Holder lost his wicket he had already completed a half-century (52).

Electing to bat after winning the toss, the visitors lost wickets in quick succession thanks to another magical spell by Kuldeep Yadav. He took 3 wickets. Umesh yadav took two and R Ashwin took one wicket. Earlier, Shai Hope had a brilliant partnership going with Shimron Hetmyer. The duo added on 34 runs together after the dismissal of both openers. But Umesh Yadav dismissed Hope in the final over before the end of session. West Indies reached 86/3 at Lunch. Kuldeep Yadav struck twice early in the second session to send Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris back to the hut.

India are leading 1-0 in the series after winning the first Test at Rajkot.