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WI Vs Eng 3rd ODI: Despite Gayle Storm, Buttler, Rashid Steer English Team To 29-runs Win

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| February 28 , 2019 , 14:59 IST

Eoin Morgan's England team rode high on centuries from Jos Buttler and skipper before leg spinner Adil Rashid picking up 4-wickets in five balls as the visitors beat West Indies by 29 runs in the 4th one-day International in Grenada on Wednesday.        

England batting first posted a giant total of 418/6 and the home team could only manage 389 runs after heroics from Chris Gayle's 162 knock went in vain.      

Talking about England's innings Buttler smashed 12 sixes in his 150, from only 77 balls, while Morgan was almost subdued, by comparison, compiling 103 from 88 balls.

West Indies impressively chased the target with opener Chris Gayle, who hoisted 14 sixes and passed 10,000 ODI career runs, smashing 162 from 97 balls.

Gayle’s innings meant West Indies were ahead of the required run-rate for much of their chase and looked capable of achieving a remarkable victory.

It took a fine spell by fast bowler Mark Wood (4-60) and a match-winning 48th over by leg-spinner Rashid (5-85) to seal the victory as West Indies were dismissed for 389, their highest one-day score.

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The victory gave England a 2-1 lead in the series, which lost a game when rain washed out Monday’s third match in Grenada.

“Tonight was such a close game it could have gone either way,” a relieved Morgan said. “Helluva game of cricket. It almost needed something special to win us the game with the ball and that was Adil Rashid alongside Mark Wood.

“Collectively as a group we battled brilliantly. Jos is built like a champion racehorse and when he gets out in his stride he’s very difficult to stop. Watching him in full flow today was exceptional.”

West Indies captain Jason Holder said his team’s batting attitude had been “not to die wondering”.

“We knew what run rate we had to keep up with and it was just a matter for us to just keep going and be fearless,” he said, paying tribute to 39-year-old Gayle, who will retire from one-day internationals after the World Cup in England.

“To get 10,000 runs in any format of cricket is a great achievement. It’s unfortunate he has announced his retirement (because) he seems to be getting better with age.”