West Indies stun England

Francis Osborne
August 30, 2017

West Indies chased down 322 on the fifth and final day against England to win the second Test.

In Kraigg Brathwaite and Hope, they have two batsmen of real Test match pedigree who they can build around for the next decade. Here, he was elegant through the offside and assured off his legs.

Jason Holder believes West Indies showed their true colours in producing an inspired all-round performance to beat England by five wickets at Headingley and level the three-Test series.

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.

There seemed little danger of a Windies win when Joe Root declared his side's second innings on 490 for 8 late on Monday'sfourth day. Windies still required 76 runs to win and just over 20 overs in which to do it but the tourists had clearly made a decision to go for it.

Windies resumed on 5-0, needing another 317, and enjoyed an early reprieve when Alastair Cook dropped Brathwaite on four at slip off Stuart Broad - England's fourth missed chance of the Test and the 11th overall.

The West Indies, set a seemingly imposing 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with 28 balls to spare.

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Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a weird run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match.

England needed a lift and got it just before tea when Brathwaite drove at a wide delivery from Ali and edged into the hands of Stokes at slip before leaving to a standing ovation.

Brathwaite s 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match.

After tea, Roston Chase (30) was brilliantly caught by diving substitute fielder Mason Crane at mid-on.

England took the new ball in search of wickets but Blackwood greeted Anderson by walking down the wicket and depositing him over long-on for six. So when he came out here and scored the first one I told him to remember it and he came out and scored his second one so a lot of credit must go to him.

Hope took the bulk of the plaudits after becoming the first man ever to make two tons in a first-class game at Headingley. An absolutely splendid game and well done to the West Indies.

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