Stuart Law proud after Windies rally to beat England

30 August, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Relieved Hope happy to help Windies dominate

West Indies entered the day in a strong position with England on 171 for three - only two runs ahead - but let the advantage slip, allowing the hosts to pile up 490 for eight declared in their second innings at Headingley.

Shai Hope rose to the occasion with a second century in a matter of days which underpinned a monumental victory for the West Indies after they chased down 322 against England in the second Test.

The 23-year-old Hope had not made a hundred in any of his previous 11 Test matches.

It was not until the stroke of tea that West Indies lost their third wicket when Brathwaite edged off-spinner Moeen Ali to Stokes at slip.

Hope and fellow Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite reprised their first-innings heroics to inspire a side written off and dismissed as "pathetic" after a crushing innings defeat in the first test at Edgbaston.

But after resuming on five without loss, the West Indies scored more than 300 runs on the last day at Root's Yorkshire home ground.

It was the Windies' first victory in a test in England for 17 years and one of the most unexpected triumphs in the game's history such have been the recent woes of Caribbean cricket.

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Brathwaite went on to make a further 91 runs and once again dovetailed superbly with Hope in a 144-run stand - following their 246-run partnership in the first innings - that took a large chunk out of the Windies' victory target.

Brathwaite was 49 not out after profiting from another dropped catch early in his innings, when Alastair Cook couldn't hold a chance at first slip off Broad.

Shai Hope has joined him in the crease. Brathwaite's 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match. England then took the new ball with Windies 266 for 4 off 80 overs and gave it to Anderson.

"Shai Hope played exceptionally well", said Root.

Shai Hope s single off Broad completed a superb century off 175 balls, including 13 fours, as he became the first West Indian to score hundreds in both innings of a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976. But having removed his helmet, he was stumped off Ali for 41, having put on a vital 74 with Hope.

Watch live coverage of the third Test between England and Windies on Sky Sports Cricket with over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips on our live match day blog, available across Sky Sports digital platforms, from 10am on Thursday, September 7.

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