Chase’s heroic century frustrates India in Kingston










By Kersi Meher-Homji

It looked only a matter of time before India won the second Test in Kingston to take a 2-0 lead in the four Test series. India held a huge 304 run lead thanks to centuries by opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane. Off-spinner Roston Chase, playing only his second Test, took 5 for 121.

India pressed on the accelerator to grab four West Indies wicket for only 48 runs in the second innings on the fourth day. Only a matter of time, said the experts.

Then came a big transformation. Known more for his off-spin bowling, tall 24 year-old Chase changed it all on the final day.   He scored an unbeaten gutsy 137 (15 fours, one six), adding 93 runs for the fifth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood (63), 144 for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich (74) and 103 for the unbroken seventh wicket with skipper Jason Holder (64 not out).

Thanks to Chase the Test was drawn. For his five wicket haul and an unbeaten match-saving century Chase was the worthy Man of the Match. India leads 1-0 in the series with two more Tests to follow.

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