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Victory chase made difficult

Kingston : West Indies' batsman Jermaine Blackwood leaves the field as India players celebrate taking his wicket during day five of their second cricket Test match at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. AP/PTI(AP8_3_2016_000328B) |

Kingston : West Indies' batsman Jermaine Blackwood leaves the field as India players celebrate taking his wicket during day five of their second cricket Test match at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. AP/PTI(AP8_3_2016_000328B) |

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Spirtied batting by WI puts India at bay in first session.

West Indies’ batsman Jermaine Blackwood leaves the field as India players celebrate taking his wicketon day five of the second cricket Test match at the Sabina Park.

Kingston : West Indies reached 215/5 in their second innings at lunch on the final day to raise their hopes of drawing the second Test against India at the Sabina Park here on Wednesday.

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Riding on contrasting half centuries from middle order batsmen Jermaine Blackwood (63) and Roston Chase (70 not out), the hosts recovered from the early jolts, which they received on Tuesday.  Starting the day from a precarious 48/4 after a rain-marred fourth day, Blackwood dominated the proceedings to not only get to his 50 in just 41 balls but more importantly set up a 93-run fifth wicket stand with Chase to deny the Indians any early inroads.

After the pacers failed to break the partnership, India skipper Virat Kohli turned towards his premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who did not disappoint and sent Blackwood packing for a 54-ball 63. Blackwood’s explosive knock composed of nine fours and two sixes.

Since then young stumper Shane Dowrich (33 not out) joined Chase in the middle and the right-handed duo managed to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. Their unbeaten sixth wicket stand produced 74 runs as the hosts added 167 runs in the first session.

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Earlier on Tuesday, only a little less than 16 overs could be bowled as incessant rains forced an early close of play with the visitors on the driver’s seat needing just six wickets to win the second Test.  India, in their first innings declared on 500/9 after bundling out the hosts for a paltry 196.  India lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first match at Antigua by an innings and 92 runs.

WI 1st INNGS 196

India 1st INNGS 500/9

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WI 2nd Inngs

Brathwaite cRahul b Mishra……….23

Chandrika b Sharma…………………..1

Bravo c Rahul b Shami………………20

Samuels b Shami……………………….0

Blackwood c Pujara b Ashwin…….63

Chase not out…………………………..70

Dowrich not out……………………….33

Extras (lb 2, w 1, nb 2)………………5

Bowling: Ishant 10-1-34-1, Shami 13-3-53-2, Mishra 11-1-56-1, Yadav 6-1-21-0, Ashwin 14-3-49-1

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Published on: Thursday, August 04, 2016, 12:12 AM IST
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