Hope and Brathwaite shine again as Windies scent victory
- Author: Angelo Rivera Aug 30, 2017,
Aug 30, 2017, 1:29
Hope, who became the first batsman in history to score two centuries in each innings of a first-class game at Headingley, was brilliantly supported by opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored a magnificent 95.
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". 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.
England lead this three-match series 1-0 after thrashing the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Brathwaite was 49 not out after profiting from another dropped catch early in his innings, when Alastair Cook couldn't hold a chance at first slip off Broad.
This was only the fourth time a pair had registered two century stands together in a single test for the Windies and the first since Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan achieved the feat in 2001.
West Indies off-spinner Roston Chase, who took three wickets before tea, said: "It is a bit disappointing".
Brathwaite s 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match. But Jermaine Blackwood's response, with the Headingley floodlights shining bright on a gloomy day, was to loft Anderson's second delivery with the new ball for a stunning straight six.
He was also the first West Indies batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.
When asked whether the experience might incline him to err on the side of caution in future, Root said: "I don't think it will". But having removed his helmet, he was stumped off Ali for 41, having put on a vital 74 with Hope.
Instead it was Shai Hope who struck the winning runs with a legside flick for two off Chris Woakes.
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