Twitter Goes Crazy as West Indies Stun England to Win 2nd Test

30 August, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Shai Hope makes history at Headingley as West Indies seal memorable five-wicket win over England

Hope came to the crease at 53 for two but belied his tender years and relative inexperience in only his 12th Test to put on a match-altering 144-run partnership with Kraigg Brathwaite, a stand that ultimately helped to secure the Windies' first victory on these shores since June 2000.

This match alone will not save Test cricket from declining interest and its struggle for position against cricket's other formats.

"I ve just been told I was the first man to score a century in both first-class innings at Headingley", Hope said on BBC Radio s Test Match Special.

SCORES: England 258 all out & 490 for 8 declared.

Coming into the second Test at Headingley, the visitors were under pressure. Broad tried in vain to catch a powerful shot from Brathwaite and ended up inadvertently deflecting the ball onto the stumps at the non-striker's end with his thigh, meaning that Kyle Hope was run out for an unfortunate duck.

As the day wore on, Alastair Cook's early miss, dropping Brathwaite at first slip off Broad with the Windies on just 11 without loss, had looked ever more costly.

While their batsmen prepare a rearguard action, England's bowlers will go out in pursuit of the 10 wickets needed to win the series.

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On Brathwaite, he added: "He's not the most fashionable-looking cricketer but he gets the job done and he's one of my first picks every game".

With the win, West Indies leveled the three-match series 1-1.

West Indies captain Jason Holder: "I always believed in this group, we've done some pretty decent things in the last few months, it's about putting things together more often than not - I told the guys to believe in and execute our plans".

The pitch was turning and the cloud cover gave England's pacemen real hope but young Bajans Brathwaite and Hope negotiated the testing conditions superbly.

Under heavy criticism following a heavy innings defeat inside three days last weekend, the Caribbean side responded strongly by piling up 329 for five in their first innings at the close - a lead of 71 heading into day three today.

Of Hope's display, which was studded with steel as well as elegance, he added: "I'm really proud of him". Moeen failed with an lbw review on Shai Hope, who made his century in 175 balls and was also dropped by Cook on 106. "(He's got) plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination".

"I'm really proud of Shai Hope, he's been going through a form dip but hopefully the pretty 20s are gone and the pretty 120s are here to stay".

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