England vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 5: Hope’s 118* leads West Indies to stunning win

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Shai Hope exults after leading the West Indies to victory

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After being chastised for their performance in the first Test, the West Indies, led by Shai Hope’s unbeaten 118, silenced their critics by securing a memorable five-wicket win over England on the fifth day of the second Test at Headingley.

Hope, who became the first batsman in history to score two centuries in each innings of a first-class game at Headingley, was brilliantly supported by opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored a magnificent 95.

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.

It was also the West Indies’ first win in England since 2000 and their fourth-highest successful chase in Test history.

Starting off the day on 5/0, the West Indies added 41 runs to their overnight score before opener Kieran Powell was caught by Ben Stokes at fourth slip off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 23.

Shortly after, Kyle Hope was walking back to the pavilion as he was run out by Broad for a duck in an unlucky manner.

Broad missed an opportunity to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite caught and bowled on his follow through, but the resulting deflection led to the ball hitting the stumps at the non-striker’s end, where Hope was out of his crease.

Brathwaite and Hope, who both starred in the West Indies’ first innings, steadied the ship with a 145-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

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Kraigg Brathwaite scored his 13th fifty, but fell five runs short of his seventh Test hundred

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With the West Indies in cruise control, England were beginning to worry as the tourists were edging ever closer to victory.

However, right on the stroke of tea, Moeen Ali provided the big breakthrough the hosts were looking for when Brathwaite was caught by Stokes at slip off his bowling for 95, which came off 180 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Hope and Roston Chase kept the scoreboard ticking with a 49-run stand before Chase was removed by Chris Woakes for 30.

The West Indies continued to dominate with the bat as Hope and Jermaine Blackwood put together a 74-run partnership to leave the West Indies just two runs away from victory.

Even though Blackwood was stumped by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Moeen, Hope hit the winning runs the very next over and finished unbeaten on 118 off 211 deliveries, which included 14 boundaries.

Moeen was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Broad and Woakes claimed one wicket each.

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. Fifth day, on a used wicket against high-quality bowling, great knock [from Shai Hope]. I’m pleased with the character and fight that we showed to get into position to declare, but it wasn’t to be.”

West Indies skipper Jason Holder was ecstatic to have levelled the series at 1-1, and said: “I always believe in this group, we’ve done some outstanding things. I sent a text in our team chat this morning, ‘just believe’. I urged no-one to move from their seats, and it was nerve-wracking in the end.

“Credit to Shai and Kraigg Brathwaite. I’m extremely proud of these guys. We’ve come up playing a lot of cricket together for Barbados. It’s about delivering on the big stage.

“There’ve been some hard times, but we’ve felt the support here. We have a number of areas to improve, we need to hold our chances, and need some consistent scores and partnerships. But it sets it up nicely for Lord’s.”

Hope was named Man of the Match, and said: “I feel elated. We’ve worked hard as a team and we’re pleased to get over the line. I am a professional cricketer for a reason so I always believe in myself. We fought hard throughout the game, so we needed to do well with the bat.”

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