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West Indies battle back to reach 244-7 after Amir's early strikes

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Roston Chase helped West Indies recover from a shaky start against Pakistan in the historic first Test in Kingston, Jamaica. The shaven-skull Chase made 63 and Shane Dowrich supported with 56 that allowed the Windies to reach 244 for seven when bad light stopped play early on the opening day. Mohammad Amir was the star of the show for Pakistan, taking 3 wickets for just 28 runs.

Former schoolmates Chase and Dowrich added 118 for the sixth wicket to rescue the home team from a precarious 71 for five, after they were sent into bat on a lively Sabina Park pitch under cloudy skies. Chase and Dowrich were however, dismissed from successive deliveries in leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s 19th over to leave West Indies 189 for seven.

But Windies captain Jason Holder, not out on 30, and Devendra Bishoo, not out on 23, added 55 – unbroken – for the eighth wicket in the final hour to offer further resistance. They were just getting into the swing of things with a few lusty blows of Yasir in particular, when the floodlights began to take over and the umpires ushered the players off.

The Windies handed maiden Test caps to 2016 ICC Youth World Cup-winning captain Shimron Hetmyer and fellow Guyana Jaguars left-hander Vishal Singh, as they left out Jermaine Blackwood and Miguel Cummins from their squad of 13. Hetmyer and Singh became the 310th and 311th players respectively, to wear the maroon cap for West Indies in Tests. Both fell cheaply however.

The Test is the 50th to be staged at this venue and between the two sides.

Summarised scores:

WEST INDIES 244 for seven (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Kieran Powell 33, Jason Holder 30 not out, Devendra Bishoo 23 not out; Mohammad Amir 3-28, Yasir Shah 2-91) vs PAKISTAN