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Dowrich hits fifty as Windies secure 114-run lead

CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck his ninth half-century in Tests but West Indies suffered a last session collapse to be all out for 317 in their first inning on the third day of the opening Test on Friday.

Resuming from tea on 235 for five, the Caribbean side lost their last five wickets for 82 runs, about 50 minutes before the close.

They lead by 114 runs.

The right-handed Dowrich, unbeaten on 30 at the interval, top-scored with 61 while Roston Chase struck 47, the pair posting an invaluable 81 for the seventh wicket.

Dowrich faced 115 balls in three hours at the crease and struck eight fours while Chase, on 27 at tea, counted six fours in a knock lasting 142 deliveries in nearly 3-¼ hours.

Once Chase was lbw to veteran seamer Jimmy Anderson (3-62) nearly an hour after the resumption, captain and seamer Ben Stokes ran through the lower order in a spell of four for 49 to hurt the innings.

Off-spinner Dom Bess finished with two for 51.

England, bowled out for 204 in their first innings on Thursday’s second day, are scheduled to face 14 overs in the final session.


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