Shai Hope scored his maiden Test ton © Getty Images
Shai Hope scored his maiden Test ton © Getty Images

West Indies rose like a team on a mission on Day Two of the second Test against England. After being hammered in the first Test at Edgbaston, visitors’ defied all odds and managed to surprise one and all; in particular Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope. Both these player ransacked the English attack to bits all through the day to give West Indies a healthy lead of 71 runs by end of play at Leeds.

James Anderson’s opening burst: Anderson was oozing with confidence ever-since England started bowling last evening. Day 2 offered no different rather one witnessed a more aggressive side of him. Anderson swung the ball like a banana under helpful conditions. His first wicket of the day was Devendra Bishoo, who was inching towards a dismissal with no footwork whatsoever.

Kyle Hope too fell to Anderson in the same manner as Bishoo and Kieran Powell (day one); all fishing outside off stump line.

Kraigg Brathwaite’s defiance: Unfazed by the tumbling of wickets around him, Kraigg showed no remorse. He took on the likes of Anderson and Broad, who were bowling impeccable lengths. Even though Kraigg survived a few edges and leg-before shouts, his bat scored boundaries at every chance.

He reached his 13th half-century in 89 balls inclusive of 6 fours and a massive six. With Shai Hope stonewalling one end, Brathwaite opened his arms and manufacture an exceptional hundred in 189 balls.

His knock came to an end on 134 after getting bowled by Stuart Broad.

Donald Trump, Cookie Monster at Leeds: One of the most fascinating things about playing in England are the fans, that flock the grounds to see Tests. Apart from loyalist, it showcases people who want to have some fun time away from the hustle and bustle of life.

It was no different than Edgbaston, where fans dressed as Lord Jesus showed up, Leeds saw a person dress up as US President Donald Trump, who sat beside a troupe of Mexican fans and a Cookie Monster.

Shai Hope’s maiden Test ton: Coming in with West Indies in trouble in the opening session, Shai Hope revived his teams’ hope across the day. Starting quite slowly and timidly, Shai grew into confidence with Kraigg keeping the scoring rate fluid.  His innings was not flawless but one of most crucial knock in recent times for West Indies cricket.

He reached his fifty in 72-balls. With confidence in his batting, he lambasted Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali in particular. He reached his maiden Test ton in 159 deliveries inclusive of 17 fours.

He added 246 runs with Brathwaite for the fourth wicket. Shai remained not out on 147* by end of Day Two.