Despite India’s attacking bowling and Kohli’s aggressive approach, Roston Chase didn’t let the cooldown and stood there firmly for his team to draw a match from tough chances beginning with 48-4. It’s almost a win for the inexperienced West Indies and a lot to learn for India. Let’s have a look at some facts and statistics collected from the match:
A 50-Year-Old Record
Roston Chase is the first player in 50 years history of West Indies cricket to take 5 wickets and score a ton in the same test match. He took 5 for 121 and scored an unbeaten 137 in 2nd innings to help his team draw the match. He was adjudged the man of the match for a brilliant all-round performance to save the match.
Firm Stand From The Tale
Not only Blackwood and Chase stood strongly to build a match saving partnership, but Dowrich and Holder too contributed equally with the bat scoring half centuries. This is the first time that number 5, 6, 7 and 8 have scored 60 plus in the same innings of a test match.
The strong middle order took West Indies from 48-4 to 388-6 to draw the match.
First Draw After 18 Years
This is the first time since 1998 that a test match has been drawn at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. No match has been concluded as a draw here since last 18 years.
Ashwin Inches Closer To A World Record
Ashwin has been spectacular with his bowling in the series so for. He has scalped 189 wickets now in his 34 test matches. He inches closer to the elite list of players to take fastest 200 wickets. He just needs 11 wickets in 2 matches to equal the world record of Australian legend CV Grimmett who took the fastest ever 200 wickets in 36 tests.
India Eyes For A Record Overseas
India has never defeated West Indies in tests by a margin of 2-0 or more in their backyard. There are still 2 more matches to go and India still has the very best of chances to record a historic victory ever in the history of Indian test cricket against this weak and inexperienced side.