Shai Hope rose to the occasion with his second century in a matter of days which underpinned a monumental victory for the West Indies after they chased down 322 against England in the second Test, at Headingley.
Hope’s man of the match 118 included 14-fours.
He became the first person in history to record centuries in both innings of a first-class match at Headingley, but more importantly, his 118 not out in trying circumstances ushered the regional side to a series-leveling five-wicket triumph.
The 23-year-old was surprised by his historic feat.
Hope came to the crease at 53 for 2 but belied his tender years and relative inexperience in only his 12th Test to put on a match-altering 144-run partnership with Kraigg Brathwaite.
A stand that ultimately helped to secure the West Indies’ first victory in England since June 2000.
While Brathwaite fell five runs short of pipping his partner to become the first person to record twin centuries at this ground, Hope was able to see the Caribbean side home under gloomy skies with the floodlights on in a nerve-jangling finish.
With all four results possible heading into the final session, Brathwaite says he was disappointed he didn’t carry on.
It is quite the turnaround from the West Indies following an innings-and-209-run trouncing at Edgbaston – a defeat that left many former players bemoaning the current set-up.
However, Windies coach, Stuart Law, says they have silenced their critics in the most emphatic fashion, having bossed the majority of this Test.
Final scores, England 258 and 490 for 8 declared, West Indies 427 and 322 for 5.
The third and deciding test is set for Lord’s from September 7-11.
Captain of the West Indies, Jason Holder, says his side’s victory over England at Headingley was the result of them fulfilling their potential.
Jason Holder believes West Indies showed their true colours in producing an inspired all-round performance to beat England by five wickets at Headingley and level the three-Test series.
Victory in Leeds was just the Windies’ second away Test win in five years and was highlighted by Shai Hope scoring hundreds in both innings – a unique feat in first-class cricket at Headingley.