Brathwaite falls but Windies still have Hope

Bangladesh and Australia captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Steve Smith during the toss

It was also, excluding fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, just the West Indies' fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years. Only Australia, with 404 for 3 back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test.

"Shai Hope was just outstanding, to come out in the first innings and score his maiden Test century". He played straight for the most part, played the offspinner on a turning surface easily and timed the ball sweetly. "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 had their chances.

As the day wore on, Alastair Cook's early miss, dropping Brathwaite at first slip off Broad with the Windies on just 11 without loss, had looked ever more costly. We would have had a tiresome day with only one side going for a win.

The new ball was taken but two deliveries later Jermaine Blackwood, with the Headingley floodlights shining bright on a gloomy day, lofted England spearhead James Anderson, who failed to add to his tally of 497 Test wickets on Tuesday, for a stunning straight six.

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.

England's plight was summed up when Cook dropped Shai Hope on 106. This was the 534th match since then.

"He's not the most fashionable looking cricketer, but he gets his job done and he's one of my first picks every game", said the Australian.

After bowling out England for 258, Windies posted 427 to secure a valuable first innings lead of 169 runs. Hope and Brathwaite accumulated steadily, milking Woakes and Moeen and cashing in when England erred in either line or length. It had been another fine display from the Windies opener to go with his century in the first innings. "Any time you don't get 300 having won the toss and batted, you're disappointed". Anderson's displeasure was obvious.

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

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.



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