Windies have Hope to level the se­ries

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Sports -

Brath­waite made a dili­gent 134 and Hope fol­lowed with a maiden three-fig­ure Test score of 147 not out, shar­ing a fourth-wicket stand of 246 to al­ter the com­plex­ion of the sec­ond In­vestec Test and the se­ries.

Last Satur­day, the Windies lost 19 wick­ets in a day at Edg­bas­ton, but here the Bar­ba­dian duo delved into their re­serves to see their side to 329 for five and a lead of 71.

They came to­gether on 35 for three and were not to be parted for al­most six hours, when Brath­waite’s 249-ball stay ended at Stu­art Broad’s hand.

Things started in a very dif­fer­ent tenor, with James An­der­son’s bid to be­come the sixth mem­ber of Test cricket’s 500-wicket club the fo­cus of the morn­ing ses­sion.

Hav­ing moved to 493 on Fri­day he turned in an ex­em­plary six- over burst con­tain­ing three maid­ens, just five runs and scalps 494 and 495.

Night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo will­ingly do­nated his, waft­ing lazily to Jonny Bairstow, be­fore the el­der Hope brother, Kyle, nicked an in­swinger that was well held by the div­ing Joe Root.

It seemed likely more suc­cesses would fol­low, but by now the matchchang­ing part­ner­ship was un­der way.

Woakes was un­for­tu­nate when test­ing Hope with a cou­ple of nearun­playable de­liv­er­ies, but Brath­waite was dig­ging his heels in.

He suc­cess­fully over­turned a pair of on- field lbw de­ci­sions. Broad de­nied by an in­side edge and Moeen Ali hit­ting the pad out­side the line.

By then Brath­waite was one blow away from 50 and he toasted a ju­di­cious use of DRS by club­bing the next ball for the first six of the match.

From 109 for three at lunch, Brath­waite and Hope added 97 more in the mid­dle ses­sion as the sun shone, the ball soft­ened and spir­its flagged in the field.

TheWest In­dian duo were warm­ing to their task as the mile­stones ticked by, a flick from Hope herald­ing the

Ben Stokes re­acts as Shai Hope picks up more runs at Head­in­g­ley yes­ter­day. cen­tury stand, a drive off Woakes earn­ing him a 72- ball 50 and Brath­waite bring­ing the deficit down into dou­ble fig­ures with an au­thor­i­ta­tive clat­ter through cover.

Brath­waite came out on the right side of a third re­fer­ral when Eng­land fan­cied him caught be­hind off Moeen. He timed his run to three fig­ures per­fectly, send­ing the penul­ti­mate ball be­fore tea into the stands.

Hope stepped into the spotlight at the start of the third ses­sion, ac­cel­er­at­ing sweetly past his pre­vi­ous best of 90 and wheeled away in cel­e­bra­tion, swing­ing his bat and shout­ing in sat­is­fac­tion af­ter bring up the cen­tury.

An off-side blow from Brath­waite took the part­ner­ship past 200 as Eng­land hun­kered down for the sec­ond new ball, but when it ar­rived the de­sired break­through did not.

In­stead, 35 more runs passed be­fore Broad forced one through Brath­waite’s de­fences to part his stumps. Stokes added the bonus wicket of Ros­ton Chase but Hope en­sured he’d be there to lead the fight again to­day along­side Jer­maine Black­wood, who reached stumps on 21 from 23 balls.


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