Roston Chase’s maiden Test century coupled with fifties with fifties from Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder helped West Indies bat out day 5 and secure a draw in the second Test against India at Jamaica.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, West Indies got off to the worst possible start and were bowled out for 196 in the first innings. In response, India declared on 500/9 thanks to centuries from KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane. In the second innings, WI lost four wickets on a rain-interrupted day and looked like they were heading for another defeat.
Having begun the day four wickets down, West Indies’ lower middle-order showed plenty of grit and determination to salvage a draw when a defeat looked the most likely outcome. Losing just one wicket before lunch and tea went a long way towards helping them draw the Test. Eventually they ended the day on 388/6, with a lead of 84 runs.
Here are some interesting numbers from the day’s play:
1 – Roston Chase became the first WI player in 50 years to score a century and take a five-wicket haul in a Test. The last to achieve that feat was Garry Sobers against England at Leeds in 1966. He was the fourth West Indian player to achieve it overall.
2 – Jermaine Blackwood’s 41-ball fifty is the second-fastest by a WI player against India after Viv Richards’ 32-ball effort at Kingston in 1983.
2 – Bruce Taylor, who scored a century and took a five-wicket haul, on debut is the only player to have achieved this milestone quicker than Roston Chase, who got there in his second Test, just like Jack Gregory.
3 – Blackwood’s strike rate of 107.75 in this Test is the third-highest by any batsman scoring more than 50 in both innings of a Test. In the process, he also became the second player after Virender Sehwag to end a Test with a strike of 100 or more in both innings.
3 – This is the third time that West Indies have a Test match against India despite conceding a lead of 300 runs. The previous two times, they conceded a lead of 394 in 1979 and 373 in 2006. This was also the fifth overall that WI have saved a Test after conceding a lead of over 300 runs.
5 – This was the only the fifth time in the history of Tests a team’s No.5 – No.8 have all scored fifty in the same innings. New Zealand achieved it twice against India, England have also done it twice, once against Sri Lanka and the other time against New Zealand. This was WI’s first time.
16 – The number of consecutive innings in which India had bowled out the opposition in Tests before this innings against West Indies. The streak of innings started in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in 2015 and ended with the first innings of the second Test at Jamaica.
22 – 22 sixes were hit in this Test, which equals the record for most sixes hit in a Test match in the West Indies. The West Indies-South Africa Test also saw 22 sixes while this already is the record in this stadium.
137* – Roston Chase’s unbeaten 137 was not only his maiden Test century, but also his highest first-class score.
340 – The 340 runs scored by West Indies on day 5 of this Test is now the most runs scored on the 5th day of a Test in West Indies. 331 was the previous held, scored in St Lucia in 2003.
1998 – For the first time since 1998, a Test match in Jamaica has ended in a draw. A run of 15 consecutive Tests with a result eitherway has now been ended.
2004 – The last time before this innings when West Indies’ No.5, No.6 and No.7 all scored a fifty was in 2004 against England at Old Trafford.
2005 – Before Roston Chase scored a fifty and took a five-for in this match, Dwayne Bravo was the last West Indian to achieve that feat. The latter did in 2005 against Australia in Adelaide.
2010 – The last time that India failed to win a Test despite scoring 500 or more was against Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in 2010 when they made 707 in response to Sri Lanka’s 642/4 declared.Published 04 Aug 2016, 03:10 IST