How the West Indies chased 322

CricViz analyses how the West Indies made history in the fourth innings. 

The West Indies’ run chase of 322 in the fourth innings against England is the 20th highest fourth innings run-chase in Test history and the third highest in England.

The two key performances in the fourth innings came from Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, who between them scored 213 of the West Indies’ 322 runs. Both players were admittedly lucky to be dropped—Brathwaite twice early on in his innings and Hope once later on in his—but they both capitalised brilliantly on their good fortune.

In the first innings it was notable that Brathwaite hung on the back foot—from which he scored 76% of his runs against pace. In the second innings Brathwaite adapted his method and scored only 55% of his runs against pace off the back foot. He still played the ball late, but by getting forward he countered the danger of uneven bounce and deviation from a fifth day pitch.

Kraigg BrathwaiteBack Foot Shots v PaceBack Foot Runs v Pace
First Innings57%76%
Second Innnings51%55%

From a technical standpoint Hope batted in much the same manner as in the first innings when he batted out of his crease and played heavily off the front foot to counter lateral movement in the air and off the pitch. The way he played with soft hands was particularly valuable to him to ensure that the four balls that spat off a length and hit his gloves, did not carry to fielders.

The most notable difference was in his approach: in the first innings he defended 41% of his deliveries, in the second he defended just 31%. This proactivity on a fifth day pitch helped keep the scoreboard moving and alleviated the pressure of the chase.

The West Indies were helped over the line by Jermaine Blackwood who only played six defensive shots in his 45-ball innings, scoring at a strike rate of 91.11.

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