India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1: Chase fights after India dominate early on

Roston Chase 98 not out India West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Hyderabad cricket

Roston Chase (right) scored an unbeaten 98, while Jason Holder made a useful 52

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West Indies batsman Roston Chase struck an unbeaten 98 to keep India at bay after they dominated in the early stages of the first day in Hyderabad.

Choosing to bat first, the West Indies got off to a disappointing start as opener Kieran Powell was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at cover off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 22.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who opened the batting with Powell, only made 14 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.

Brathwaite opted to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and off stump.

Shai Hope made an encouraging start to his innings and ended up scoring 36 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.

Kuldeep then proceeded to remove Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris for 12 and 18 respectively as the West Indies slumped to 113/5.

Chase and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich stabilised the innings with a 69-run partnership before Dowrich was trapped lbw off the bowling of Umesh for 30.

Dowrich was not given out initially, but India decided to review the decision. It worked in their favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Chase and West Indies captain Jason Holder kept the runs flowing with a 104-run stand, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

However, shortly after bringing up his fifty, Holder was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh for 52, which came off 92 balls and included six boundaries.

Chase and Devendra Bishoo ensured the West Indies didn’t lose anymore wickets for the remainder of the day as they forged an unbeaten nine-run partnership before stumps was called.

Chase finished on 98 off 174 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Bishoo remained undefeated on two.

Umesh and Kuldeep picked up three wickets apiece, while Ashwin chipped in with one.

The West Indies ended day one on 295/7 and will continue batting on Saturday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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