Rashid, Buttler Take England to Victory Despite Gayle Fireworks

Joe Root celebrates his century against the West Idnies

Buttler's own contribution, a 77-ball treat that saw him clear the ropes a dozen times and accelerate mercilessly as he and Eoin Morgan (103) added 154 in the final 10 overs, earned him man-of-the-match honours.

Buttler, fresh from England's joyous celebrations, said: "It's hectic just trying to catch your breath, that was an unbelievable game of cricket".

Veteran Chris Gayle struck a scintillating 25th One-Day International hundred and passed 10 000 career runs but the task of completing their highest-ever successful run chase proved too much for West Indies and they slipped to a 29-run defeat to England in an entertaining fourth ODI here yesterday.

Following his sensational form in the ongoing ODI series against England, Chris Gayle has been forced to rethink his decision to call time on worldwide career post the ICC World Cup.

Brief scores: England 418 for 6; West Indies 389 all out off 48 overs.

Gayle is the 14 cricketer to join the elite list.

Before the series against England, Chris Gayle had announced that he will retire from one-day internationals (ODIs) after the World Cup in England and Wales. What is the matter with the body?

"To get 10,000 runs in any format of cricket is a great achievement".

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

"I think it just shows there are going to be unbelievable days of cricket and when someone like Chris Gayle's in the opposition you can lose those games", Buttler said. "I'm almost 40", he told specialist cricket website Cricinfo. "I still have it in me and I'm still enjoying it", he said.

"If he takes two wickets it brings us right back in the game and flips it on its head but to finish the game in that over is really incredible". He's one of the best strikers in world cricket. If they do things differently they could have won.

Morgan, whose 11th one-day hundred would have been the headline attraction on many other days, was taken aback at the ferocity of the contest, which ended with England taking a 2-1 series lead with one to play.



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