Twitter Reactions: Shai Hope leaves the hosts in stutters and pulls off a stunning victory for Windies

Shai Hope
Shai Hope


None of us would have thought the side that lost by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test would come back and stun the opposition to clinch the next game. Windies pulled off a magnificent victory in the second Test at Headingley to level the series 1-1 with the decider to be played at the Lord’s.

The foundation was laid by the Windies’ bowlers up front when they restricted the English side to 258 in the first innings. A century from Ben Stokes was overshadowed by the duo of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach who bagged 4 wickets apiece.

Then, it was all about Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite who shared a stand of 246 runs for the 4th wicket to give Windies the edge in the game. Brathwaite scored 134 and Hope made 147 to render the side to 427, obtaining a massive lead of 169 runs.

Just when it seemed the hosts were thrown out of the match, the Joe Root-led side struck back with as many as 6 half-centuries from the batsmen. As they reached 490/8 and having a lead of 321, Root felt it was sufficient to enforce the second victory on the trot and declared the innings.

The Windies batsmen were determined to chase the target down from the beginning. A solid opening stand of 46 gave them the belief but at 53/2, the match hung in the balance. But it was the duo of Brathwaite and Hope again that frustrated the hosts.

They added 144 runs for the 3rd wicket before Brathwaite was removed for 95 by Moeen Ali. Roston Chase’s 30 supported Hope to bring them closer. Jermaine Blackwood scored a quickfire 41 off 45 balls to give it back to the opposition.

Hope scored his second hundred in the match and became the only batsman do so on the ground ever in first-class cricket. Blackwood fell 2 short of the target but Shai Hope hit the winning runs to seal a superlative run chase. Windies chased down 322 and won the match by 5 wickets and Twitter poured the love on the Caribbean nation.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Windies’s stunning victory

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