2nd Test: Roston Chase, Jason Holder inspire West Indies amid Umesh Yadav’s strikes
Roston Chase was nearing a century when stumps were drawn in Hyderabad. @AFP

The return of Jason Holder brought immediate positivity for West Indies, who finished day one of the second Test versus India in Hyderabad on 295/7 after the returning skipper combined with Roston Chase to provide the hosts their first day of frustration in the series.

The visitors were stung by the dismissal of Holder for 52 shortly before stumps, the third time in the day that Umesh Yadav struck a telling blow late in a session, but with Chase on 98 they remain in sight of their first 300-plus total on the road in five innings.

That West Indies did not have more runs on the board owed plenty to Umesh, the only Indian pace bowler available once the debutant Shardul Thakur hobbled off the field after bowling 10 balls and did not return on Friday. After Holder opted to bat, West Indies had been jolted by Umesh before both lunch and tea to undo the good work done by Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich. Each wicket – lbws both – to Umesh had perked up India s mood and threatened to derail the visitors.

In the over before lunch, he had snapped another sparkling partnership by trapping Hope lbw for 36 and his removal of Dowrich later in the afternoon session was equally pivotal. Dowrich had just smacked Ravindra Jadeja for six down the ground, and ever since his arrival at 113/5 the punchy wicketkeeper-batsman had looked in the mood to dominate spin.When Umesh retuned to bowl the 86th over, with West Indies 269/6, it was with the threat of reverse swing with the old ball. That didn’t happen, the new ball was taken, and Umesh duly picked up Holder who was caught down the leg side.

These strikes checked West Indies’ progress, which brings into focus the role of Chase on the day’s proceedings. He had strolled to the crease during the second session as Kuldeep Yadav removed Shimron Hetmeyer and Sunil Ambris, both failing to read the wristspinner’s wrong’un. Chase decided he wasn t going to be subdued for long, and kept looking for ways to score. When Jadeja over-pitched, Chase made room and crashed four past extra cover. When Kuldeep veered too fine, out came the glance. Jadeja dropped short and was cut fiercely into the gap at point. When he slowed his pace, Chase brought out the slog for six. He raised his half-century in 80 balls.

Holder s importance cannot be understated, and when he drove two boundaries before tea the effect was evident. He continued to plant his foot forward and drive with panache, even as India lost a review, and hit two fours off Kuldeep to add to a growing total. The new ball was welcomed by a crackling pull off Umesh for four that gave Holder his half-century, but moments later the bowler took his third when Holder got a tickle on the swat down the legside.

Holder found support from Devendra Bishoo to see out the day. A fourth Test hundred is a shot away for West Indies’ middle-order cog.

Stumps: West Indies 295/7 (Chase 98*, Holder 52, Umesh 3/83, Kuldeep 3/74) vs India