West Indies stun England

Toni Houston
August 30, 2017

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 Caribbean men produced a masterful run chase to beat the English men by five wickets in an exciting clash.

Although none of them went on to dominate the innings with a century, the English batsmen put together a series of partnerships to fight back from a 169-run first innings deficit, and from 94-3 early in their second innings.

Hope (147 and 118 not out) became the first player in history to record two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley, while Brathwaite came close to achieving the same landmark - scoring 134 and 95 as the Windies triumphed by five wickets.

West Indies have not won a Test in England in 17 years and following their humbling innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend, the odds are already on another defeat on Tuesday.

West Indies reached lunch at 86-2 as the contest remained finely poised and Brathwaite and Shai Hope then crucially took advantage of some lacklustre bowling to put on a superb third-wicket stand of 144 during a hugely productive afternoon session.

This was also, excluding fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, just the West Indies fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years. If West Indies had been set a ridiculously high target they would have shut up shop for a draw. He put on 117 with Woakes for the eighth wicket, and Woakes and tailender Stuart Broad added another 46 before Root declared. Appropriately, it was Hope who struck the winning runs with a legside flick for two off Chris Woakes. "It takes a lot of character to come out after the beating we got".

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. I'm extremely proud of these guys. It's about delivering on the big stage.

Law continued: "I said if he gets one [hundred], he'll get plenty - well he got one and he's got another".

"I always believe in this group, we've done decent things in the last months but results haven't gone our way", he said.

"I'm elated, we've been working really hard as a team and we're pleased to get over the line".

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