Called upon to repair yet another debacle at the top of the order after Holder chose to bat first, Chase’s unbeaten 131 was characterised by calm assurance and elegant strokeplay after he came to the crease at 37/3.
Even if he lived a bit dangerously, the skipper also played positively and will resume on the second day alongside Chase on 58, their partnership so far worth 132 runs and establishing a new West Indies record for the seventh wicket against
Chase has faced 207 deliveries in five hours at the crease, stroking 17 fours, while Holder has occupied 125 deliveries over three-and-a-half hours, with eight fours decorating his knock.
On a surface offering very little assistance to the faster bowlers, the
Opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas claimed a wicket apiece in each of the first two sessions while Shadab Khan, on Test debut in support of senior leg-spinner Yasir Shah, earned his first success in the shape of Shane Dowrich after Shah had accounted for Shai Hope.
Amir was the first to strike for
Kraigg Brathwaite enjoyed a moment of good fortune when he was dropped at short extra cover off Amir.
However, the lapse did not prove costly for the visitors as Amir took the outside edge of the opener’s bat in the same over to give a straightforward catch to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Shimron Hetmyer, one of two batting debutants from a week earlier, faced just three deliveries before driving loosely at Abbas for Azhar Ali to take a sharp catch head-high at third slip.
Hope’s struggle for runs continued when he was caught at the wicket off Shah, the leg-spinner extracting sharp turn off the first-day pitch and appearing to justify
Kieran Powell, who batted through the morning session, departed on the resumption after lunch.
An lbw appeal off Amir with the batsman on 38 was ruled not out by on-field official Richard Kettleborough, only to be overturned on review of the television replays.
Vishaul Singh’s miserable start to his Test career continued with a low catch to Younis Khan at second slip off Abbas, and Younis’ secure pair of hands were again in evidence when Dowrich, on 29, pushed at a full-length delivery from Shadab and the veteran made no mistake.