By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England rack up 418-6 to beat Windies (389 all out) by 29 runs in amazing match
- Jos Buttler plunders 150 from 77 balls and Eoin Morgan scores 103
- Chris Gayle hits back with 162 from 97 balls but Adil Rashid (5-85) and Mark Wood (4-60) bowl England to victory.
GRENADA, WEST INDIES – England hold on to beat West Indies in a remarkable match, lit up by magnificent centuries from Jos Buttler and Chris Gayle.
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Alex Hales – 8/10 – He played very well in Jason Roy’s absence to make 82 off 73 balls but he needed to go on and make a hundred to increase his chances of being selected again.
Jonny Bairstow – 6/10 – It was a welcome return to form for the opener as he launched some huge sixes into the stands off Jason Holder during his 56 off 43 balls.
Joe Root – 1/10 – It was a rare failure from England’s most consistent ODI batsman after he swished at a wide ball and was caught behind for just 5.
Eoin Morgan – 10/10 – He is in wonderful form right now and this perfectly-paced 103 off 88 balls was the ideal demonstration of his strengths: calm, composed accumulation paired with explosive boundary-hitting.
Jos Buttler – 10/10 – The crowd was treated to an exhibition of frankly ludicrous hitting as one of the best batsmen in the world played one of the greatest ODI innings of all time. He hit 13 fours and 12 sixes during a sublime career-best 150 off 77 balls.
Ben Stokes – 5/10 – He was hammered all around the ground during his eight-over spell but he got the absolutely critical wicket of Chris Gayle. Quick runs were needed to maintain the scoring rate when he came in to bat and, consequently, he was soon dismissed after scoring 11 frantic runs.
Moeen Ali – 0/10 – His miserable series continued as he was withdrawn from the attack after two disastrous overs that went for 31 runs.
Chris Woakes – 2/10 – He ended with the depressing figures of 0-91 in ten overs after Gayle took his bowling apart by unleashing a succession of huge hits into the stands.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – He was very expensive when he first came on to bowl, but he recovered superbly to take five match-winning wickets in the last 15 overs.
Liam Plunkett – 7/10 – His economical spell of 0-40 in eight overs was impressive in the context of a very high-scoring game.
Mark Wood – 9/10 – He was the best bowler in a match dominated by batsmen. He bowled quickly and accurately and deserved every one of his four wickets.
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Chris Gayle – 10/10 – Before his innings, a chase of 419 looked almost-impossible for the Windies. However, when he was dismissed with the score on 295-5 after blasting 14 sixes during a brilliant 162 off 97 balls, his team had a real chance of victory.
John Campbell – 3/10 – He hit two fours and a six before he skied a delivery from Wood and was caught by Root for 15.
Shai Hope – 1/10 – He was dismissed by Wood for just 5.
Darren Bravo – 7/10 – He bludgeoned four huge sixes during 61 off 59 balls but he needed to score more runs to help his team get over the winning line.
Shimron Hetmyer – 2/10 – He hammered his first ball for six but then gave a catch immediately afterwards. He took a good catch to dismiss Stokes.
Jason Holder – 5/10 – He played an important supporting role during a rapid partnership of 79 with Gayle but got out for 29 when Windies need a fifty from him. He was uncharacteristically wayward with the ball and he got clobbered for 88 runs in seven overs.
Carlos Brathwaite – 8/10 – He was unlucky to finish on the losing side after a superb all-round display. He bowled beautifully during his opening spell, could do nothing about Jos Buttler’s assault and then eventually got two deserved wickets for his efforts. He then scored an excellent 50 off 36 balls to take Windies agonisingly close to what would have been an astonishing victory.
Ashley Nurse – 7/10 – He was West Indies’ most-economical bowler (1-68 in 10 overs) and he got the wicket of Hales. He then made a good 43 off 41 balls as his team got close to their huge target.
Sheldon Cottrell – 5/10 – He used his variations well at times to stop England from making an even bigger score but he was less effective than he was in Barbados. He finished with 1-64 from 9 overs.
Devendra Bishoo – 0/10 – He was hammered for 43 runs in just 4 overs.
Oshane Thomas – 5/10 – His aggressive, all-or-nothing style earned him the wickets of Bairstow and Root but also cost 84 runs.
The Fifth and Final ODI between England and the West Indies begins in St Lucia at 3pm GMT on Saturday 2nd March 2019.
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