Hope triumphed over expectation in an enthralling final day on the magical, capricious turf of Headingley. West Indies brilliantly cruised past their victory target of 322, set by Joe Root on Monday, with five wickets and 28 balls to spare. Their helmsman was Shai Hope, who with his fellow Bajan, Kraigg Brathwaite, forged the critical partnership, just as they had done in the first innings of a magnificent Test match. Hope struck his second century of the game, a feat that had never been achieved at Headingley in 533 first-class matches. In itself this was remarkable but of far greater importance for the West Indies camp was a performance and a result that gives joy and hope to the legions of cricket lovers in the Caribbean. West Indies had not won in England since the Edgbaston Test of 2000 and no one outside their dressing room had given them much chance here on Tuesday morning. But Hope and Brathwaite reunited with the same composure they had demonstrated on Saturday. This victory was more stunning than the last successful West Indian run chase on English soil. Roddy Estwick, the bowling coach, made reference to Lord’s in 1984 on Monday night, when… Read full this story
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