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.
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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