Buttler inspires England to thrilling win

28 February 2019

Fourth one-day international, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

England 418-6 (50 overs): Buttler 150, Morgan 103, Hales 82

West Indies 389 (48 overs): Gayle 162, Rashid 5-85, Wood 4-60

England win by 29 runs


Jos Buttler smashed a brilliant century as England edged a thrilling fourth one-day international against West Indies in Grenada despite Chris Gayle's breathtaking 162.

The hosts almost chased down England's 418-6 - Buttler hitting 150 off just 77 balls - but the tourists held their nerve for a 29-run win as leg-spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets in the 48th over.

For large parts of West Indies' astonishing chase, it appeared Gayle would see them home - the opener hammering 14 sixes in a memorable knock.

Hopes of a historic home win were dented when Ben Stokes dismissed Gayle with 16 overs remaining - the left-hander bowled attempting one big shot too many - but Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse continued the onslaught with an entertaining partnership of 88.

West Indies needed 32 runs from 18 balls at the start of 48th over but Rashid dismissed both Brathwaite (50 off 36) and Nurse (43 of 41) before taking the final two wickets.

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Buttler had earlier hit his highest ODI score with 12 sixes and 13 fours while captain Eoin Morgan also made 103.

The pair shared a brutal partnership of 204 from 124 deliveries which took England to their third-highest ODI total - 154 runs coming in the final 10 overs alone.

The victory puts England 2-1 up in the five-match series with one game remaining, in St Lucia on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

You can watch England in Bristol on Tuesday 14 May when they face Pakistan in a Royal London One-Day International fixture at 1.00pm under floodlights. Click here to purchase tickets

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