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Hope and glory as Windies stun England

Leeds: Shai Hope led the West Indies to a remarkable five-wicket victory over England in the second Test on Wednesday as he became the first batsman to score two hundreds in a first-class match at Headingley.

The West Indies, set a seemingly imposing 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with 28 balls to spare.
Hope, elegant through the offside and assured off his legs, was 118 not out following his first-innings 147.
Having not scored a hundred in any of his previous 11 Tests, the 23-year-old Barbados batsman had two in the one game.
Victory saw West Indies level the three-match series at 1-1 as they recorded their first Test victory in England since 2000.
It was all the more impressive given that just over a week earlier they'd suffered an innings and 209-run defeat inside three days in the first Test at Edgbaston.
This was also, excluding fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, just the West Indies' fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years.
Together with opener Kraigg Brathwaite (95), Hope put on 144 after the pair had shared a stand of 246 in the first innings, with Brathwaite making 134. The West Indies resumed on five without loss after England captain Joe Root had declared late on Monday with England 490 for eight in their second innings.
Only Australia, with 404 for three back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test.
James Anderson started on Tuesday just three away from becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets.
Yet on a day of astonishing statistics, one of the more incredible was that Anderson went wicketless while conceding 73 runs in 24 overs.

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