Innings England 418 for six (Buttler 150, Morgan103) v West Indies
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A thumping century by Eoin Morgan was surpassed by an innings of breathtaking butality from Jos Buttler to steer England to a mammoth complete of 418 for six within the fourth ODI towards West Indies in Grenada.
Morgan punched his strategy to 103 off 86 deliveires, whereas Buttler pummelled West Indies into submission with 150, his highest ODI rating and seventh century within the format, off simply 77 balls. Their 204-run stand for the fourth wicket off simply 122 deliveries appeared like being the knockout blow for West Indies, who would wish to provide the second-highest profitable chase in ODI historical past.
Within the course of, England broke the world file for the variety of sixes in an ODI innings with 24 – and 12 of these got here off Buttler’s bat – to cross the milestone set by West Indies the the collection opener in Barbados by one.
Openers Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales set England up properly, each scoring fifties and placing on a 100-run partnership because the under-card to Morgan and Buttler’s foremost occasion.
Morgan copped an honest physique blow of his personal when Buttler smacked a Jason Holder supply straight again into his batting associate’s ribs. Morgan limped by way of for a single earlier than receiving remedy after which shrugged off the plain discomfort by thumping the subsequent ball for six.
Morgan meted out extra punishment in Holder’s subsequent over, carting him for 21 runs, after which Buttler hit 22 off Brathwaite within the subsequent because the pair snatched 58 runs off 15 balls.
Fittingly, Morgan and Buttler had been each on 94 however Buttler received the race to 100, operating two in a break from the slog fest to carry up his ton off simply 60 deliveries. Buttler may have been out a short while later when he smashed a Holder full toss to Sheldon Cottrell at third man however the ball was excessive no ball and Buttler was in a position to proceed his show.
Morgan introduced up his century with a six off Holder, one other full toss which noticed Morgan drop to at least one knee and center the ball sweetly over long-on. He was out a short while later to a Cottrell slower ball, holing out to Holder at long-off.
Bairstow (56 off 43 balls) took off at race tempo, clubbing three consecutive fours off Holder within the fourth over. Devendra Bishoo fared even worse towards the identical model of energy hitting a short while later when he went for 3 consecutive sixes as Bairstow introduced up his 50 off simply 31 balls.
Then it was Hales’s flip as he took 19 runs off Ashley Nurse within the 10th over and England closed the primary energy play with 88, one run greater than of their 361-run chase within the first match of the collection.
They had been well timed innings for each batsmen with Bairstow enduring a lean patch and Hales attempting to power his manner into the reckoning for World Cup choice in a facet whose prime order is properly settled.
Earlier than this knock Bairstow had not scored an ODI 50 since final June, towards Australia at Chester-le-Road. Throughout this tour of the Caribbean, he had solely handed 30 twice beforehand, with 34 within the first ODI in Bridgetown and 52 within the first innings of the second Take a look at in Antigua. But it surely all got here to an finish when he tried to show an Oshane Thomas supply down in the direction of third man and ended up chopping onto his stumps.
Hales made probably the most of his likelihood to open within the place of Jason Roy, who was dominated out of the match with a hamstring damage. He pressed on regardless of shedding Bairstow after which Joe Root on the different finish to achieve 82 off 73 balls earlier than he skied a Nurse supply down the bottom and Shimron Hetmyer sprinted from long-on to long-off to drag the ball down from full stretch.