Windies pull off magnificent win after Hope ton

Posted August 30, 2017

Proud West Indies coach Stuart Law hailed his side's character and the displays of contrasting styles from Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite after the two batsmen played starring roles in a stunning second-Test victory over England.

The West Indies have beaten England in an away Test match for the first time in 17 years.

But Broad did reduce the West Indies from 46 for none to 53 for 2.

After bowling out England for 258, Windies posted 427 to secure a valuable first innings lead of 169 runs.

But I disagree. To score 322 in the fourth innings was a hell of a lot of runs.

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Thanks to Hope and Brathwaite's heroics, the West Indies brought themselves level at 1-1 in the series going into the third and final Test at Lord's, which begins on September 7.

Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a freaky run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match. Yet on a day of astonishing statistics, one of the more incredible was that Anderson went wicketless while conceding 73 runs in 24 overs.

Windies resumed on 5-0, needing another 317, and enjoyed an early reprieve when Alastair Cook dropped Brathwaite on four at slip off Stuart Broad - England's fourth missed chance of the Test and the 11th overall.

Yet when Moeen Ali tempted Brathwaite into a drive just before tea to have him caught at first slip by Ben Stokes for 95, it left this most excellent of contests on an even sharper knife edge.

Brathwaite s 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match.

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Coming into the second Test at Headingley, the visitors were under pressure.

There have been 534 first-class matches at Headingley and amazingly, though some greats of the game at Yorkshire, England and beyond have played at this world famous ground, no one had recorded a hundred in either innings.

Blackwood, who uppercut Broad for six over third man, tried to win the match in the grand manner. An absolutely splendid game and well done to the West Indies.

Jermaine Blackwood was positive as he slashed his way to 41 off 45 balls to send the home team's fielders scurrying all over Headingley before he was out stumped with two runs still needed.

England captain Joe Root was gutted to have lost, and said: "It was a great Test match for everyone watching, but it wasn't great to be on the losing day".

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