Insipred by Hope, Windies level series with stunning win

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With the win, West Indies leveled the three-match series 1-1.

Hope came to the crease at 53 for two 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 Windies' first victory on these shores since June 2000.

Blackwood also got a life when Stokes dropped him in the deep but with just six runs needed off nearly as many overs at the time and while Blackwood fell with victory in sight, England's fate was already sealed. The win, West Indies' first in a Test in England for 17 years, was all the more impressive as just over a week earlier they had been thrashed by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in the series opener at Edgbaston. But as this match has proven, Test cricket is at its most thrilling when it reaches a crescendo.

"I woke up this morning and sent a text in our team chat and told the guys to believe, just go and believe and execute our plans". Windies still required 76 runs to win and just over 20 overs in which to do it but the tourists had clearly chose to go for it. If West Indies had been set a ridiculously high target they would have shut up shop for a draw.

They resumed on five without loss after England captain Joe Root had declared late on Monday with England 490 for eight in their second innings. In a match where dropped catches had cost Windies 238 runs, there was further drama when the normally reliable Alastair Cook at first slip floored Brathwaite, yet to add to his overnight four, off Stuart Broad. "It takes a lot of character to come out after the beating we got".

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England needed a lift and got it just before tea when Brathwaite drove at a wide delivery from Ali and edged into the hands of Stokes at slip before leaving to a standing ovation.

England s plight was summed up when Cook dropped Shai Hope on 106.

Ever-positive Jermaine Blackwood took the runs-required tally to under fifty by striking Anderson down the ground for six before responding to Hope's call for the quick single that took him to three figures.

He had Kieran Powell (23) fending to Ben Stokes at fourth slip and then ran out Kyle Hope, Shai's older brother, for the unluckiest of ducks when he dropped a return catch from a hard-hit Brathwaite drive only to deflect the ball onto the stumps at the bowler's end as the non-striker backed up.

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