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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Another milestone, monstrous hundred from Chris Gayle lit up the fourth Colonial Medical Insurance One-day International today.
But it failed to dampen the impact of blistering hundreds from Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan that set up England for a 29-run victory over WINDIES in another record-breaking contest between the two sides in this series before a National Cricket Stadium crowd of close to 7,000 that included Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Gayle smote 11 fours and 14 sixes to lead all scorers in the match with his 25th ODI hundred of 162 from 97 balls, bringing a lively mid-week crowd to its feet several times, as the WINDIES fought gallantly before they were bowled out for 389 in 48 overs, replying to England’s challenging 418 for six from their allocation of 50 overs.
Gayle became only the second WINDIES player to pass 10,000 runs in ODIs and second player in history to hit 300 ODI sixes to lead the hosts to their highest total in a run chase ever.
The talismanic left-handed opener now has 10,074, trailing fellow left-hander Brian Lara, who heads the WINDIES chart on 10,348, and has struck 305 sixes, behind Pakistan leg-spin all-rounder Shahid Afridi, whose 351 tops the list.
After Gayle’s blitzkrieg, the WINDIES entered the final five overs needing 47 with four wickets standing thanks to an 88-run stand for the seventh wicket between Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse that revived hopes of a successful run chase.
Brathwaite hit a career-best 50 off 36 balls that included four fours and two sixes and compatriot Nurse supported with 43, but leg-spinner Adil Rashid threw the clichéd spanner in the works, when he removed the two of them along with tail-enders Devendra Bishoo and Oshane Thomas in his final over to end with 5-83 from his allotment of 10 overs.
Thomas was stumped first ball to formalise the result with 12 balls remaining to hand England a 2-1 lead in the five-match series which concludes on Saturday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
WINDIES were left wobbling on 44 for two in the sixth over, after speedster Mark Wood removed left-handed opener John Campbell for 15 and wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope five in successive overs.
This was a signal for Gayle to unleash and none of the England bowlers were spared punishment, as he shared 176 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Darren Bravo.
Bravo, playing his 101st ODI, made 61 from 59 balls that included four fours and four sixes before he and Shimron Hetmyer were dismissed by Wood – playing ill-advised pulls – in the space of three balls in the 24th over to leave the home team on 226 for four.
Holder got 29 and with Gayle kept the momentum going, but there were removed in the space of 10 balls to leave the Caribbean side needing 118 from 85 balls.
Gayle was bowled swinging at a delivery from Ben Stokes in the 35th over and Holder was stumped off Rashid, bringing Brathwaite and Nurse together, but they were unable to usher WINDIES over the finish line.
Earlier, few of the WINDIES bowlers were spared, as put on an electric exhibition of power-hitting with an ODI record of 24 sixes, as they raced to their third highest ODI total ever.
The WINDIES were floored by a fourth-wicket stand of 204 between Buttler, whose 150 was his seventh ODI hundred, and his captain Morgan, whose 103 was his 11th ODI hundred.
After choosing to field, the WINDIES were put on the back-foot from the start, when Alex Hales, in his first match of the series, stroked 82 and fellow opener Jonny Bairstow slammed 56 in quick time.
Thomas took the wickets of Bairstow in the 14th over and Joe Root for five in the 18th over to leave England 120 for two before Nurse added the scalp of Hales in the 16th over to set them back further on 165 for three in the 26th over.
But the WINDIES failed to bowl with discipline in the second half of the England innings, and Buttler slammed 13 fours and a dozen sixes of just 77 deliveries and Morgan cracked eight fours and half-dozen sixes from 88 balls to help the visitors add a whopping 154 from the last 10 overs to finish with the highest ODI total in the Caribbean and at this venue.
The match also saw the two teams set a World record of 46 for the highest number of sixes in an ODI.