West Indies allrounder Roston Chase not only saved the second Test match against India but also emulated the legendary Gary Sobers by becoming the first West Indies player after him to score a century and take a five-for in the same Test. Sobers had achieved the feat against England in 1966 when he made 174 and took 5 for 41 at Headingley.
This is also the first time in 34 years that somebody has achieved this feat against India. Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan did the same in Faisalabad in 1982-83 series. Chase became the sixth player to do the double of five wickets and a hundred in the same match against the Indian team.
Overall, Chase is the 4th West Indies to achieve the double of 5 wickets and a hundred in the same Test. Sobers did it twice (1962 Vs India, Kingston and 1966) while Denis Atkinson (1955 Vs Australia, Bridgetown) Collie Smith (1959 Vs India, Delhi) achieved once each. Atkinson had scored a double ton (219).
West Indies, who batted first, were dismissed for a paltry total of 196 and India scored a mammoth total of 500/9 declared after centuries from KL Rahul (158) and Ajinkya Rahane (108 not out). The visitors were looking set to take a 2-0 lead in the series only to be denied by an inspired batting display from the hosts.
Chase, playing only his second Test, had earlier returned figures of five for 121 in India’s first innings. When Chase came out to bat in the second innings, the hosts were reeling at 48 for 4. But his unbeaten 137 off 269 balls helped the home team to lead a remarkable fightback as they forced a frustrating draw on India on the final day of the second match on Wednesday at Jamaica.
Chase’s fighting ton and half-centuries from Shane Dowrich (74) and captain Jason Holder (64 not out) helped West Indies to end their second innings at 388/6.
The third Test of the four-match series will be played at Gros Islet (St. Lucia) from August 9.