The final game in the series takes place in St Lucia on Saturday. England lead the series 2-1 after a remarkable 4th ODI in Grenada on Wednesday
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.
It was a record-breaking match, testament to how playing conditions and regulations are now so batting friendly in the format
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.
England passed 400 in ODIs for only the fourth time, all from 2015 onwards and for the first time away from England
The final ODI in St Lucia on Saturday also sets up as a high scoring game, on a small ground and England can be backed again at 4/6 with Skybet to triumph