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.
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).
The stats behind an incredible game
- 46 sixes were hit in the match, the most in an ODI.
- England hit a record 24 maximums in their innings before West Indies almost bettered the effort with 22 in their reply.
- 807 runs were scored in the match; the third-highest aggregate total in ODI history.
- Buttler scored the most sixes in an ODI innings for England with 12.
- Buttler went from 51 to his hundred in 15 balls.
- He took 31 balls to move from his half century to 150. The fastest ODI hundred was made by South Africa’s AB de Villiers from 31 balls.
- Gayle scored his hundred from 51 balls, his fastest ODI century.
- Morgan became the first England batsman to pass 6,000 one-day runs.
- Gayle became the second West Indian to score 10,000 ODI runs during his knock, following Brian Lara.