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Jos Buttler smashes best ODI score as England win Caribbean thriller

Jos Buttler smashes best ODI score as England win Caribbean thriller

Buttler's brutal 150 sets up England victory

Lancashire's wicket keeper batsman Jos Buttler smashed his highest ever ODI score, a brutal 150 from just 77 balls, as England beat the Windies by 29 runs in a Grenada thriller. 

Records tumbled throughout the match as a 204-run stand between Buttler and Eoin Morgan (103) helped England post a mammoth 418-6. 

England started brightly through Alex Hales (82) and Jonny Bairstow (56) but Buttler and Morgan ramped up the run rate with some powerful hitting during the middle overs. 

England hit a new world record of 24 sixes from their 50 overs, 12 of which came from the bat of Buttler, who also hit eight consecutive boundaries, in a superb onslaught on his way to claiming Man of the Match. 

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Buttler threatened to be up-staged by Chris Gayle, who himself smashed 14 sixes on his way to 162 from 97 deliveries, which had the Windies believing at 295-4 in the 35th over. 

Mark Wood (4-60) put in a strong performance with the ball claiming all of the first four wickets to fall, but it would Ben Stokes (1-77) who took the crucial wicket, bowling Gayle to put England back in control. 

When skipper Jason Holder was stumped by the quick thinking Buttler - off Adil Rashid's bowling - the Windies race looked run and Rashid (5-85) cleaned up the final four wickets in five deliveries of the 48th over.

England now lead the five match series 2-1 heading into the final match in St Lucia on Saturday.  

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