Chase 8-fer powers Windies to record win

Chase 8-fer powers Windies to record win

Chase may have finished with career-best figures of 8 for 60 but England would know well it was nowhere close to the spell that Kemar Roach had displayed in their 77 bundle out.

Nonetheless, it proved instrumental when the pitch had eased out for batting and England had found themselves well placed after a half-century stand by Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns.

The left-handed duo maintained an approach that had reaped them rewards in the final session on Friday, with Jennings remaining cautious and Burns working the ball around to keep the scoreboard ticking. It worked well with the first hour of the morning seen off without any damage. However, Jennings eventually fell for the bait as he attempted to slash at a delivery angling away from him and edged it to slips.

With the pitch causing little trouble, the first wicket didn’t seem to bother England’s momentum much as Jonny Bairstow scored freely in the company of Burns, who registered his maiden Test fifty. However, at the stroke of Lunch, Chase got England their second breakthrough. Burns played for the turn – which wasn’t there – and allowed the ball to go between his bat and pad, losing his stumps.

The manner of Burns’s dismissal became a pattern for all of England. The players were playing for the turn that wasn’t there and eventually got out edging to the close-in fielders or be trapped leg-before. Adil Rashid was the only batsman to get out holing out in the deep, courtesy a fine catch by Kraigg Brathwaite who did a juggling act near the boundary ropes. Chase’s eventual figures of 8 for 60 was not only his best but also the best by a West Indian spinner since 1971.

Several England players got starts but failed to hang in long, with Chase striking with regular deliveries that seemed anything but unplayable. Ben Stokes was trapped leg-before, Joe Root and Moeen Ali edged their cuts to the slip fielders, Jos Buttler flicked to mid wicket where John Campbell took a fine diving catch, and Ben Foakes swept directly to Shimron Hetmyer at forward short leg.

There was very little aid for the pacers on the pitch. However, Shannon Gabriel impressed with his barrage of well-directed bouncers. He could have accounted for the wicket of Joe Root but replays suggested he had overstepped and the England skipper got a life when on 1. He couldn’t make it count as he fell a few overs later on 22. Gabriel, however, made up for that by having Bairstow dismissed in his next over with the England batsman gloving a delivery down the leg to the ‘keeper.

England’s innings finally came to an end when Sam Curran stepped down but Chase smartly bowled wide down the legside. Dowrich collected the ball and whipped the bails quickly.

Brief Scores: Windies 289 (Shimron Hetmyer 81; James Anderson 5-46) & 415/6 decl. (Jason Holder 202*; Moeen Ali 3-78) beat England 77 (Keaton Jennings 17; Kemar Roach 5-17) & 246 (Rory Burns 84; Roston Chase 8-60) by 381 runs.

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