Roston Chase is playing the leader's role in this stand    AFP
Roston Chase is playing the leader’s role in this stand AFP

West Indies were at 143 for 5 at the end of the second session against Pakistan in the ongoing first Test at Sabina Park, Kingston. Roston Chase (47) and Shane Dowrich (27) put up an unbeaten 72-run stand for the sixth wicket from 178 deliveries to help the hosts halt the Pakistan dominance created earlier in the first innings. Despite creating their dominance in the first session, the visitors were successful in getting just one wicket in the second session of Kieron Powell (33). But since then, both Chase and Dowrich played patient cricket negating the Pakistan bowling attack and putting their team out of a tight spot. Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1

The second session began on a positive note for Pakistan. Mohammad Aamer who had earlier got 2 wickets in the first session got rid of the well-settled Powell on the second delivery of the first over after lunch. Powell edged one to Younis Khan at second slip, not being able to control his urge of poking at an away-swinging delivery. It appeared like West Indies would soon surrender against the probing pace attack. But wicketkeeper-batsman Dowrich played sensible cricket along with Chase. They first ensured of leaving all the deliveries which were in and around the off-stump area, killing the urge of poke their bat at it. Live updates: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day One

They persisted on using this technique against both Aamer and Mohammad Abbas for quite a while which eventually led Misbah-ul-Haq to change his bowling tactics. Seeing the batsmen not playing anything that went away from them, Misbah got in Yasir Shah who had bowled just an over in the innings thus far.

But having played and left too many deliveries from the pacers, Chase and Dowrich looked too comfortable playing against Yasir, who tried bowling wicket-to-wicket offering a lot of flight in the process. But with their concentration, all set, both the batsmen played some glorious drives through the cover region scoring runs. This bowling change helped release the pressure off West Indies which was earlier created by the seamers.

There were some nervous moments for both batsmen as some top-edges dropped in no man’s land. But despite this, West Indies found some respite in this vital stand which has enabled them to reach a decent total at the end of the second session which looked far away from distant the way the second session had begun for them.

Brief scores:

West Indies 143 for 5 (Kieron Powell 33, Roston Chase 47*, Shane Dowrich 27*; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 19, Mohammad Abbas 1 for 28, Wahab Riaz 1 for 46) vs Pakistan