Shai Hope became the first man to score centuries in both innings at Headingley to lead West Indies to a memorable five-wicket win over England to level the three-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.Coming into the match, the Caribbean giants faced a lot of criticism after first Test debacle, and were in need of a lift.
Hope, who had no centuries before this match in the five-day format, provided just that in both innings, and once again reminded the world of cricket that there is still talent left which can revive one of the sleeping cricketing giants.
It was all started when England captain Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first. His decision proved a disastrous one as the hosts, even after giving so many chances, only managed to score 258, courtesy all-rounder Ben Stokes’ century, who scored well-crafted 100 off 124 balls with the help of 17 boundaries.
For West Indies, pacers Kemar Roach and Shanon Gabriel claimed four wicket a piece.In reply, Windies put a solid batting performance and scored 427, courtesy centuries from opener Kraigg Brathwaite (134) and Hope (147).
For England, veteran pacer James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed another five-wicket haul.Trailing by 169 runs, England put a much compact performance and declared their second innings at 490 for the loss of eight wickets, setting visitors a mammoth 322-run target to level the series.
On the last day of the match, it was again that duo of Brathwaite (97) and Hope, who made sure that Holder’s men wrote their name in the history books.
Brathwaite got out in the 60th over when the team still needed 125, but Shai Hope stayed till the end and remained unbeaten on 118 off 211 with the help of 14 boundaries to guide his team to the famous victory.