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While young Pant celebrated his ODI call-up with a second Test half-century, an attractive unbeaten 85 off 120 balls, vice-captain Rahane slogged hard to remain undefeated on 75 off 174 balls. Together, the duo added 146 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket after India lost in-form skipper Virat Kohli (45) to be reduced to 163 for 4. Also Read - ICC Suspends Two UAE Players For Trying to Fix Matches; Mohammad Naveed, Shaiman Anwar Butt Found Guilty
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Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails on day one. Chase led a valiant fightback for the visitors after they were tottering at 113/5 in the post-lunch session. He was involved in two big partnerships — 69 runs for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (30) and then 104 for the seventh wicket with skipper Jason Holder (52) — that helped the West Indians end the day on a positive note.
Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder stretched their partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant.
India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Day 1 Match Report
Chase, who ended the day two runs shy of his fourth Test century, continued tormenting the Indian bowlers, and together with Bishoo went on to add nine unbeaten runs before play ended.
But things could have gone worse for the tourists as the top order once again failed to put up a fight and meekly succumbed to chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/74) and Umesh (3/83).
Electing to bat after winning the toss, the tourists wasted a steady start to slip to 86/3 at lunch, with both the openers — Kraig Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (22), and No.3 Shai Hope (32) back in the hut.
India were handicapped early in the innings with debutant pacer Shardul Thakur injuring his groin in his second over and walking off before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed the over.