Shai Hope leads West Indies to unlikely victory over England

Stunning batting from Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite has led the West Indies to victory in the second Test against England.

The Windies needed to chase down 322 at the start of the final day. Shai Hope became the first player in Headingley history to score two centuries in the same Test match with an unbeaten 118 to follow from his first innings total of 147.

That record was nearly broken earlier in the day but Brathwaite was caught by Ben Stokes off a Moeen Ali delivery for 95.

The day started well for England when Stuart Broad’s dropped catch inadvertently deflected the ball into the stumps to run out Kyle Hope for 53-2. Kieran Powell had previously gone for 23 when he edged to Stokes.

England missed chances to take the wickets of both Brathwaite and Shai Hope. Alistair Cook dropped Brathwaite on the fourth over of the day and then dropped a Hope edge on 106, with 37 runs remaining.

Roston Chase came in after Brathwaite’s wicket to add 30 before being caught by substitute Mason Crane but the game was still in the balance with 75 required from the final 20 overs.

Jermaine Blackwood came in to whack 41 runs off just 45 balls, with two sixes and three fours hit. He tried to finish the match in style but misjudged a Moeen delivery and was stumped by Jonny Bairstow with two runs left to win. Fittingly, it was left to Hope to hit the final runs and complete a memorable turnaround for the Windies.

Cover Photo: England v New Zealand at Headingley by Dun.can used under license by CC BY 2.0.

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