Brilliant comeback in cricket is not a rare phenomenon, but a comeback that creates history emerges only once in a blue moon. One of such occasions arrived when West Indies nicked the victory at Headingley in the second Test match against England. It was the final day and the score the visitors were chasing directed towards an almost infallible victory of the latter. Such a prediction appeared firm especially after a defeat by an inning and 209 runs for West Indies in the first Test. Moreover, scaling the target of 317 runs in a single day for West Indies seemed a bit more to expect. It was only once such a target has been successfully chased at Headingley, that too, by England against Australia years back.
Records are created when cricketers on field defies all such odds and head up against every prediction. West Indies did exactly the same, creating the record of successfully chasing a 300 plus target at the stadium for the second time, that too in the final day of the match. West Indies won the match by five wickets with Shai Hope's unbeaten century. Hope knocked two centuries in the match, a brilliant feat indeed to became the first cricketer in history to beat a century in each innings of a first-class match at Headingley. With the win, West Indies brought up its fourth Test victory away from home. For the Caribbean nation, it is the first win after almost two decades in England.
The final day had two match winning scores for the chasers. Kraig Braithwaite and Shia Hope emerged as the players the squad can depend on for its next campaigns. They brought 144 runs together before the afternoon session. The pair forged a similar partnership in the first inning as well. This burgeoned the duo's joint tally to 390 runs in the match. Hope scored 118 runs in the inning batting for 10 hours 36 minutes in the day. His half century was off 70 balls. Braithwaite scored 95 runs hauling the chase to 197. Hope then played alongside Roston Chase followed by Jermaine Blackwood in the final stretch of the match.
West Indies chased down the score of 322 in 91.2 overs. There were several chances for England to slog the inning, but the catch misses hit England heavy. The team revived its defense a bit after Braithwaite's wicket but Hope's play kept England at bay from the win. With the victory, the series is now leveled at 1-1, pushing the tournament to the last and decider match in London.
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