Holder hails Headingley win as just reward for West Indies

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Defiant innings from Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite helped West Indies register a stunning five-wicket victory over England in the second Test here at the Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday.

Hope, whose average of 18 over his previous 11 tests had never reflected his potential, said he trusted the win would be a stepping stone towards a brighter future for the team.

With the West Indies in cruise control, England were beginning to worry as the tourists were edging ever closer to victory.

There seemed little danger of a Windies win when Joe Root declared his side's second innings on 490 for 8 late on Monday'sfourth day.

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But I disagree. To score 322 in the fourth innings was a hell of a lot of runs.

Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a weird run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match. Only Australia, with 404 for 3 back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test.

As a result, West Indies was able to chase down 322 in 91.2 overs and record a famous win just 10 days after it lost 19 wickets in a day en route to a humiliating first-Test defeat at Edgbaston. We fought really hard, we knew we needed this win to keep alive the series.

Yet when Moeen Ali tempted Brathwaite into a drive just before tea to have him caught at first slip by Ben Stokes for 95, it left this most excellent of contests on an even sharper knife edge. England then took the new ball with Windies 266 for 4 off 80 overs and gave it to Anderson.

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"It takes a lot of character to come out after a beating like we had at Edgbaston, and beat the same side here at Headingley in seam-friendly conditions".

Shai Hope s single off Broad completed a superb century off 175 balls, including 13 fours, as he became the first West Indian to score hundreds in both innings of a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.

"Shai Hope played exceptionally well", said Root. Jermaine Blackwood, on the other hand, wanted to win in the grand manner, shed off his helmet in an act of defiance and charged down the pitch.

Jermaine Blackwood's made 41 while Hope who hit the winning runs finished unbeaten on 118.

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But off-spinner Nathan Lyon got the prized scalp of Shakib in the second session while Glen Maxwell dismissed Tamim. Asked which team he thought was ahead in the game, Lyon said that that the contest was "in the balance".

Watch live coverage of the third Test between England and Windies on Sky Sports Cricket with over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips on our live match day blog, available across Sky Sports digital platforms, from 10am on Thursday 7th September.

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