After suffering a horrible lost back in Edgbaston in the 1st Test, where England won by an innings and 209 runs, the West Indies was on a mission to level the series for the 2nd Test match. When the West Indies lost the first match, the backlash and critics were non-stop, from being the worst team to being “a set of schoolboys” playing international cricket. Despite all the critics the West Indies never let those harsh remarks get to them.
For this test match the fight and confidence displayed by the West Indies was just remarkable. Although there were some mishaps in the fielding, at the end of the 5th day the West Indies was victorious, winning by 5 wickets to level the series. Being a West Indies cricket fan I was very happy to see them win, words can’t express the emotions I felt. Really proud of this young and talented team.
The English had a go with the bat first, only two batsmen got into groove though. Ben Stokes who scored a century and Joe Root who made 59, as England was dismissed for 258/all out. Bowling was incredible by the Windies as Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel were the pick of the bowlers, claiming four wickets each. Compared to the first test the West Indies batting lineup came out with a total different mindset, displayed more confidence and played with more control.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope lead the way for the Windies in this first innings. Both Brathwaite and Hope brought up centuries, this being Hope’s first test match century for the West Indies. Braithwaite went on to make 134 runs before he was bowled by Stuart Broad, Hope made 147 runs before he was dismissed by James Anderson. Captain Jason Holder (43 runs) and Jermaine Blackwood (49 runs) carried on for the West Indies getting them to a total of 427/all out. Anderson got another 5 wicket haul, with figures of 5-76, he is such an excellent bowler.
Into bat once again were the English as they trailed by 169 runs at the start of their second innings. For this innings the English lineup were sparking with some great batting. Joe Root continuing his incredible form for this series and top scored with 72 runs. Chris Woakes and Dawid Malan both contributed with 61 runs each, Ben Stokes with 58 and Mark Stoneman with 52. The English progressed to a total of 490/8 declared leaving the Windies to make 322 for victory. Roston Chase lead the bowling attack for the West Indies claiming 3 wickets, Holder and Gabriel claimed two wickets each. Coming to bat in the second innings the Windies ended on 5-0 on the 4th day, leaving them 317 to make for victory on the 5th and final day.
Coming into the final day, the West Indies lost two early wickets, Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope. However, Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite got the Windies back on track, with a third wicket partnership of 144. During this partnership England had some errors after Brathwaite was dropped twice, he made England pay as he went on to make 95 runs. Hope carried the West Indies till the end scoring yet another century in the test match. Shai Hope became the first batsman to score two centuries at this Headingley ground in first class cricket.
Jermaine Blackwood tried to finish it off for the Windies but lost his wicket in the process being stumped by Jonny Bairstow, he made a quick 41 runs, score 5-320. Eventually, Hope hit the winning runs, West Indies winning by 5 wickets.
The final test match will be played at Lord’s cricket ground from the 7th September. Hoping the West Indies carry this momentum to Lord’s and win the series, keeping the faith.
Shai Hope moved 60 places up to 42th on the ICC Test batting rankings, Kraigg Brathwaite moved 14 places up to 16th and Shannon Gabriel moved 2 places up in the bowling department to 18th after taking 6 wickets in the test match.
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