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Lower order help West Indies recover after batting collapse

Roston Chase (left) and Shane Dowrich (right) scored fifties on day one
Roston Chase (left) and Shane Dowrich (right) scored fifties on day one

West Indies 244-7 (Chase 63) v Pakistan
First Test, Jamaica, day one

After a three-wicket haul from Mohammad Amir dented West Indies top order, the lower middle order came to the rescue of the hosts as they reached 244 for seven at stumps on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Jamaica.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first. In the second over of the day, Mohammad Abbas (1-42) picked his maiden wicket after having Kraigg Brathwaite (0) caught in the slips.

West Indies batsmen were put to stern test by the new ball bowlers of Pakistan as Amir (3-28) accounted for Shimron Hetmyer (11), Shai Hope (2) and Kieran Powell (33) while Wahab Riaz (1-66) snared Vishaul Singh (9) to leave West Indies reeling at 71 for five.

Roston Chase (63) and Shai Hope (56) provided some respite for the hosts showing a lot of resistance. With the duo scoring odd boundaries, Chase brought the 50-run partnership with Hope with a six. Dowrich survived a review in the 55th over for LBW and West Indies went into tea at 143 for five.

The duo brought their 100-run stand in the 66th over but Yasir Shah (2-91) dented their hopes once again by removing both Chase and Hope in successive deliveries in the 70th over. West Indies were 189 for seven.

Just when they were in a danger of getting bowled out, skipper Jason Holder (30 not out) joined forces with Devendra Bishoo (23 not out) to add an unbeaten 55 run stand which included four boundaries and two sixes to take the home side to 244 for seven before bad light brought a premature end to the day's play.

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