WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match highlights
West Indies level the series after impressive run chase
Shai Hope’s century helped the West Indies claim their first victory on English soil since June 2000 in a tense second Investec Test Match at Headingley to set up grand finale at Lord’s.
After breezing past the tourists in the first Investec Test Match at Edgbaston, many pundits thought the West Indies would suffer a torrid time against the Three Lions who were unbeaten against the visitors in 18 home Test Matches…and chasing 317 to win on the final day, the odds were stacked against them.
However, Kraigg Brathwaite (95) and Shai Hope (118*) produced a batting masterclass with the latter becoming the first man to score a century in both innings in a first-class match at Headingley – Brathwaite would have taken that record had he not been caught by Stokes with 5 runs to go after reaching 134 in the first innings.
In reaching their overall target of 322, the West Indies completed the 20th highest successful fourth innings chase in Test history, with many pundits calling that match ‘the Test Match of the summer.’
The series is now up for grabs, with both sides looking to lift the trophy in the final game of the series at Lord’s.
WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match, day one
WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match, day two
WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match, day three
WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match, day four
WATCH: England v West Indies, second Investec Test Match, day five
What the captains said
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.
"It was nerve-wracking with Jermaine Blackwood, a lot of credit must go to him with how well he played and not changing his style of play. I told Shai to remember his first innings century and he did it again - I'm really proud of him and Kraigg and the work they're doing is paying off.
"There are a number of areas we can improve on, especially with the ball. We need to hold our chances, those errors have plagued us in last few months and when we knuckle down and show fight in our innings it makes life much easier."
England captain Joe Root: "It was a great Test for everyone watching, it wasn't great to be on the losing side, but I'm sure people watching have had a great time today.
"Shai Hope played exceptionally well, on a fifth day against high-quality bowling it was a great knock and credit to them for the way they came back after last week.
"At no point were we complacent in the game - I'm really proud of the effort we showed to get in a position to win, but unfortunately it wasn't to be."
Courtesy of BBC Cricket
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