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Shai the new 'Hope' scripts incredible win for Windies at Headingley

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Records fell aplenty in Headingley on Tuesday at young West Indian sensation Shai Hope led the visitors to a series leveling victory against England on a tense final day.

Hope played a phenomenal innings of skill matched with brilliant strokes as the Windies won an epic encounter by five wickets to level the series 1-1 with one match left.

The 23-year-old made 118 not out – with 14 boundaries off 211 balls – to lead the Windies to 322-5. This followed his first innings 147 – making him the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley – this was the 534th first-class match at the venue and 76th Test match.

He became the third West Indian to achieve the feat of twin tons in a Test in England – the others legends George Headley at Lord’s in 1939, and Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.

This was the highest run chase for Windies in England since the memorable nine-wicket win at Lord’s in 1984. It was their first win in England since 2000. Only Australia with 404 back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test.

Hope shared a match-winning stand of 144 with Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 95 off 180 balls with 12 fours, to follow up his 134 in the first innings. Overall he batted for 10 hours in the match.

Jermaine Blackwood then hit 41 off 45 balls with three fours and two sixes as the Windies sped to victory.

The two teams will now meet in the final match at Lord’s, from September 7-11. First ball daily is 11am (6am Eastern Caribbean/5am Jamaica Time).

Summarised scores: ENGLAND 258 (Ben Stokes 100, Joe Root 59, Chris Woakes 23; Shannon Gabriel 4-51, Kemar Roach 4-71) and 490-8 decl. (Moeen Ali 84, Joe Root 72, Dawid Malan 61, Chris Woakes 61 not out, Ben Stokes 58, Mark Stoneman 52; Roston Chase 3-86, Jason Holder 2-95, Shannon Gabriel 2-125) WINDIES 427 (Shai Hope 147, Kraigg Brathwaite 134, Jermaine Blackwood 49, Jason Holder 43; Jimmy Anderson 5-76, Ben Stokes 2-63) and 322-5 (Shai Hope 118 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 95, Jermaine Blackwood 41, Roston Chase 30)