Disappointed Chase leads Windies fightback against Pakistan
Middle-order batsman Roston Chase says though compiling a half-century, he is somewhat disappointed at not carrying on to score a century for the West Indies against Pakistan in the on-going Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Cup first Test at Sabina Park.
Entering the fray with the West Indies reeling at 53 for four, Chase, who scored 63, put on a valuable 118 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who made 56, which served as a basis for their total of 244 for seven at the end of day one.
The batsmen, who are set to resume today at 9:55 a.m., are all-rounder and captain Jason Holder, who is on 30, and leg-spinner, Devendra Bishoo, on 23.
"It was a good effort by myself and Shane, but it is disappointing that we did not go on to put the team in a better position," said Chase, who was competing in his seventh Test.
Fellow Barbadian Dowrich has eight Test appearances to his credit.
"We know each other batting style well and somewhat compliment each other, and tried to make best use of the scoring opportunities that were presented to us, as well as showed a good amount of defence."
Starting the day by leaving out hometown batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins out of their starting eleven and handing debuts to young Guyanese batsmen Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, the West Indies after losing the toss were asked to take first strike.
This was on a slightly grassy and moist pitch, which offered fast bowlers assistance, and almost immediately, it turned out to be a wise decision with the dismissal of experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite.
CAUGHT WITH NO RUNS
The usually steady Brathwaite went caught at slip without scoring in the second over of the day. This then led to Younis Khan-captained Pakistan going on to claim another five wickets inside the first session.
This left the West Indies in a precarious position of 71 for four at lunch and in need of someone to take charge.
Up stepped Chase and Dowrich, who, in a partnership similar the one they posted against India last year at the same venue, which resulted in a surprising draw, lifted the West Indies to a respectful 143 for five at tea.
On the resumption, however, the alliance was to be broken when Chase, who in the India contest posted a century, was stunningly caught off the bowling of leg-spinner Yasir Shah at deep mid-off by fast bowler Wahad Riaz, who after running back from mid-on executed a diving effort.
Chase, who faced 151 balls, slammed seven fours and a six during his knock.
Dowrich, who though a keeper, batted with the finesse and assurance of a top-order batsman with an array of well-timed cut shots and drives, also followed Chase to the pavilion a ball later when he was bowled by Shah. Dowrich hit seven fours during his innings.
Facing the probability of crumbling for under 200 runs at 189 for seven, the West Indies were then boosted in late afternoon by a 55 runs night wicket stand between Holder and Bishoo.
Impressive left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who played a central role in the West Indies top-order demise, has so far claimed a miserly three for 38 off 19 overs, while Shah has figures of two for 91.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 0
K Powell c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 33
S Hetmyer b Mohammad Amir 11
S Hope b Mohammad Amir 2
V Singh c Azhar Ali b Wahab Riaz 9
R Chase c Wahab Riaz b Yasir Shah 63
+S Dowrich b Yasir Shah 56
*J Holder not out 30
D Bishoo not out 23
Extras (lb17) 17
TOTAL (7 wkts, 81 overs) 244
To bat: A Joseph, S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich)
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 19-9-28-3, Mohammad Abbas 17-4-42-1, Wahab Riaz 21-4-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2
PAKISTAN - Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.
Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV - B Oxenford.