Windies took the honours on day one of the Hyderabad Test against India, as they scored 295 for seven at stumps with their all-rounder, Roston Chase leading the charge with an unbeaten 98. However, earlier in the day, Windies skipper, Jason Holder elected to bat first after winning the much-needed toss.
The top-order batsmen, who failed to provide runs in the first Test match had contributed some runs in the first session in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, team India spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin provided the first breakthrough in the name of Kieran Powell.
The opening duo added 32 runs for the first wicket. Moreover, within a short span, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav picked up his first bowling a beautiful delivery to Kraigg Brathwaite. In the morning session, the top-order batsmen, Shai Hope (36), Kieran Powell (22) played crucial knocks, as the Windies posted 86 runs at the loss of three wickets at lunch.
However, the second session belonged to team India, as the Windies managed 197 runs at the loss of six wickets. At one point in time, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for the home side, who took a three-wicket haul. In the absence of injured Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav bagged two wickets in as many sessions.
However, after Dowrich’s dismissal, Jason Holder stepped into bat, and the helped Windies take the last session home. Meanwhile, Roston Chase and Jason Holder played brilliant cricket and added 104 runs for the seventh wicket. The Indian bowlers found it difficult to break the heroic knock. However, Umesh Yadav picked up the wicket of Holder, who completed his eighth half-century in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, Chase is batting at unbeaten 98 along with Devendra Bishoo, as Windies head home with 295 runs on the board.
Brief score: Roston Chase 98*; Kuldeep Yadav 3/74)