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28-Feb-2019 03:28:00 GMT
WI v Eng - 4th ODI, Grenada

Buttler and Gayle fireworks in England win thriller

Grenada: Chris Gayle's brutal century was in vain after Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan made scintillating hundreds as record-breaking England beat West Indies by 29 runs in a one-day international classic in Grenada.

Buttler bludgeoned an ODI-best 150 from only 77 balls and Morgan made 103 off 88 deliveries after openers Alex Hales (82) and Jonny Bairstow (56) set the tone at St George's on Wednesday (February 27).

England struck a world record 24 sixes - 12 of those coming from Buttler, who went from 50 to 150 in only 31 balls - as they posted their third-highest score in the 50-over format of 418-6 after being put in by Jason Holder.

The Windies threatened to pull off an astonishing run chase as Gayle smashed 162 off just 97 deliveries - including 14 maximums of his own - but his second hundred of the series was not enough to prevent England from taking a 2-1 lead with one match to play.

Darren Bravo (61) and Carlos Brathwaite (50) chipped in with useful innings, but Adil Rashid (5-85) finished things off with four wickets in an over and Mark Wood took 4-60 as the Windies were dismissed for 389 in a thriller.

Brief scores:
England 418 for 6 (Buttler 150, Morgan 103, Hales 82, Bairstow 56) beat West Indies 389 (Gayle 162, Bravo 61, Brathwaite 50, Rashid 5-85, Wood 4-60) by 29 runs

Bairstow and Hales - opening with Jason Roy out because of a hamstring strain - got England off to a flyer, hustling to half-hundreds of years in an opening stand of 100 from just 13.5 overs.

Oshane Thomas got the leap forward when Bairstow cleaved on and he likewise expelled Joe Root inexpensively before Hales tumbled to a splendid catch from Shimron Hetmyer.

Morgan and Buttler then joined for an overwhelming association of 204 to leave the Windies not comprehending what had hit them, exploiting dream batting conditions and some poor bowling.

Captain Morgan destroyed Thomas into the group to raise his 50 years and Buttler turned into the fourth batsman to achieve 50 with a most extreme, affability of a horrible snare.

Buttler went crazy in the wake of achieving 50, careering to a staggering century with a blast of gigantic sixes in the wake of being put somewhere near John Campbell seven short of three figures.

Morgan turned into the principal batsman to score 6,000 ODI keeps running for England and raised his twelfth ODI hundred in style by hitting Holder for six into the leg side before tumbling to Sheldon Cottrell.

Buttler was given another respite when he was gotten on 107 however Holder's conveyance was above midriff tallness and he struck a world-record 24th six of the innings in the last over to proceed onward to 150, at that point left off the following ball from Brathwaite.

The amazing Wood disposed of Campbell and Shai Hope from the get-go in the answer, however Gayle became the dominant focal point with a mind blowing show of clean-striking on a level track with short limits.

Gayle's stand-and-convey approach worked a treat once more and Bravo offered extraordinary help for the opener, who commended a thrilling 55-ball hundred by raising his head protector up high on his bat handle.

Bravo struck Chris Woakes for consecutive sixes to achieve his 50 years as Gayle kept on motoring at the opposite end, however Wood came back to see the back of the previous and Hetmyer in the equivalent over.

Gayle passed 150 by crushing Rashid for six and the Windies were still on course for triumph when the opener was tidied up by Ben Stokes subsequent to achieving the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs, with Brathwaite the key man.

Rashid ventured up to win it for England, however, getting Ashley Nurse, Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo before Thomas was baffled first ball in an eminent 48th over, which started with the Windies required 32 keeps running from 18 balls.


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