Saturday, March 2, 2024

Hope leads WI to historic win

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Barbadian Shai Hope led the West Indies to an historic win in England as the youthful team successfully chased down its fourth-highest fourth innings total to win the second test against England at Headingley.

Hope made his second century for the match and was there at the end as the West Indies made 322/5 to complete one of their greatest comebacks in test match history.

After a grim fourth day in which England turned the tables on the West Indies, converting their overnight 171/3 into 490/8 declared, the Jason Holder-led side was left facing a mammoth task on the fifth and final day.

They rose to the occasion, winning a test in England for the first time in 17 years. As was the case in the first innings when they made an assured 427, the West Indies were led once again by Barbadians Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite.

Brathwaite scored 95, falling just five runs short of being the first man to make two centuries in the same first class match at Headingley. However his 229 runs as an opener in this test was nearly 100 more than the other 3 openers who scored 133 between them.

Hope seized the opportunity to write his name on history’s page and added an unbeaten 118 to the 147 he made in the first innings, to set the West Indies up for a famous victory.

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