Defiant innings from Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite helped West Indies register a stunning five-wicket victory over England in the second Test here at the Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday. Yet his 118 not out on Tuesday, following his first-innings 147, saw the Barbados batsman become the first man to score two hundreds in a first-class match in 127 years of cricket at Headingley.
The 23-year-old Hope had not scored a hundred in any of his previous 11 Test matches. West Indies were absolutely incredible. "For us, we have 317 runs to make tomorrow and we've still got to believe that we can win the game", he contended.
Speaking after West Indies sealed their first Test win in England since 2000, Root told Sky Sports: 'They put us under pressure when we batted and then went past us when they got their opportunity to bat.
After being in control for the first three days, West Indies is now up against it and needs the second-highest total to win a test at Headingley, and the highest since Don Bradman's Australia team made 404-3 batting last in 1948. Alastair Cook dropped Brathwaite on 4 and Stuart Broad dropped him later too which would have exposed Windies' fragile lower-middle order far earlier in the day.
Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a freakish run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match. 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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Roston Chase (30 off 58) chipped away at the target, frustrating England in obdurate fashion before launching Chris Woakes to mid-on where substitute fielder Mason Crane, only just on the park, grabbed a fine diving catch. An absolutely splendid game and well done to the West Indies.
England's plight was summed up when Cook dropped Shai Hope on 106. Jermaine Blackwood, on the other hand, wanted to win in the grand manner, shed off his helmet in an act of defiance and charged down the pitch.
Ever-positive Jermaine Blackwood took the runs-required tally to under fifty by striking Anderson down the ground for six before responding to Hope's call for the quick single that took him to three figures.
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".