Brathwaite, Hope star as Windies register stunning series-levelling win

Brathwaite, Hope star as Windies register stunning series-levelling win

It was a fine recovery from the tourists after the horror show at Edgbaston in the first Test that they lost by an innings and 209 runs.

This was also, excluding fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, just the West Indies fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years.

West Indies, set 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with Hope making 118 not out-his second hundred of the match after his first-innings 147. He played straight for the most part, played the offspinner on a turning surface easily and timed the ball sweetly. "We fought hard throughout the game, so we needed to do well with the bat". Besides him, opener Kraigg Brathwaite (134 and 95) contributed significantly to Windies' win.

When Hope did offer a chance, slashing at Broad on 106, Cook could not hold on to the rapid chance and the batsman rubbed salt in the wound by upper-cutting the seamer for six. Despite showing some good resilience with the bat in their second innings, England have been beaten by the better team this week.

The Test match had just about everything, didn't it?

It took England 45 minutes to break through - Powell falling for 23 as he edged Broad to Ben Stokes at third slip after exchanging words with Anderson at the end of the previous over.

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All the while S.Hope was composed at the other end and went to his second ton the game, and his career, and hit the winning runs with more than six overs of the Test still remaining. It was yet another drop in this match and although it still yielded a wicket, England would have preferred to see the back of Brathwaite rather than Hope. This was the 534th match since then.

"Shai Hope played exceptionally well", said Root.

"[He's got] plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination - for a 24-year-old, that's a lot to have". Should Moeen Ali have got more wickets? By the time Ali was caught trying to heave legspinner Devendra Bishoo out the ground, England's lead was heading for 300.

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

Moeen was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Broad and Woakes claimed one wicket each.

Estwick said by then, the workload had begun to take its toll especially on the Windies seamers and there was little to give as they searched for the important breakthrough. Not many would have predicted that after Edgbaston. Their partnership was worth 74 and it had secured Windies a quite outstanding victory.

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