The pair, who both scored hundreds first time around, again combined superbly, compiling another century partnership to provide the backbone of the Windies' gripping chase of 322 runs to level the three-match series. Jermaine Blackwood then muscled the visitor towards the finishing line with Hope, smashing a typically thunderous 41 off 45 balls including two sixes.
As good a Hundred as you can ever see .... Shai Hope .... Sorry make that as good a 2 hundreds in a Match as you can ever see ... #ENGvWI— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 29, 2017
Root on Hope: "He played exceptionally well and stood up when his team needed him." https://t.co/hbPEyeuBHF pic.twitter.com/9MXifiKDN2 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 29, 2017It was the Windies' first victory in a Test in England for 17 years and one of the most unexpected triumphs in the game's history such have been the recent woes of Caribbean cricket. Hope, 23, proved the visitor's hero with his unprecedented achievement of twin centuries in a match after 118 years of first-class cricket at the famous Yorkshire venue.
Not Sutcliffe. Not Hutton. Not Boycott. First to score 100 in each innings at Headingley is Shai Hope - and no luck involved just superb — Scyld Berry (@scyldberry) August 29, 2017Hope, who had scored his maiden Test hundred with 147 in the first innings, batted for 211 balls for his unbeaten 118, playing with remarkable skill and composure to guide the Windies to victory. England will rue dropped catches - Alastair Cook spilled Hope and Brathwaite at first slip off Stuart Broad - but there could be no complaints about the defeat as Caribbean cricket enjoyed a dramatic reawakening.
Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite clinch West Indies' first win in England since 2000 https://t.co/BVNsihDCVV #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/oQEMIyMsl3 — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 29, 2017With a healthy crowd of over 5,000 on the fifth day, the visitor had been given little or no chance of scoring the 317 more runs they needed. The pitch was turning and the cloud cover gave England's pacemen real hope but young Bajans Brathwaite and Hope negotiated the testing conditions superbly.
Full of admiration for these two West Indies batsmen, Brathwaite and Shai Hope. England need to worry about their bowling & their behaviour! — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 29, 2017A mixture of calm defiance combined with judicious attacking frustrated the England bowlers to the point that James Anderson, who had a run-in with opener Kieran Powell, and Broad, who was warned for kicking the pitch petulantly, became increasingly disgruntled. 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.
Shai Hope's innings today: First 82 balls - 66 runs, 10 fours; SR 80.48 Next 82 balls - 27 runs, 3 fours; SR 32.92#ENGvWI — Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 29, 2017In 534 first-class matches at Headingley, no batsman had scored a century in both innings - but though Brathwaite missed out, caught at slip off Moeen Ali just before tea for 95, Hope battled on to reach the landmark in 276 minutes. As the day wore on, Cook's early miss, dropping Brathwaite, had looked ever more costly and when he spilled Hope after he had scored 106, the game was effectively up for England.
147 by Shai Hope today is the highest score by a Windies batsman in a day's play in England since Brian Lara's 179 at The Oval in 1995. — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 26, 2017Brathwaite again made the best of his good fortune to mix caution with admirable aggression as he faced 180 balls, striking 12 fours. Hope remained unfazed and, coming into the last hour with the Windies still needing 47 to win at just over three an over, Blackwood's unorthodox hitting, including a straight six off Anderson in the first over with the new ball, powered them home. BRIEF SCORE England 258 & 490/8d lost to West Indies 427 & 322/5 in 91.2 overs (S Hope 118*, Brathwaite 95) by five wickets