Chris Gayle raises the bat again.
Chris Gayle raises the bat again.

Gayle lights up Grenada, England claims fourth ODI

A thrilling run-fest greeted fans in Grenada on Thursday (AEST) as England and the West Indies belted the ball around the park in a record-breaking affair which saw over 500 runs scored off boundaries and sixes.

While England started strong with a 100-run opening stand from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, it was wicketkeeper Jos Buttler who led the charge in the first innings, smashing a huge 150 off just 77 balls alongside Eoin Morgan (103 off 88 deliveries).

The tourists' innings wrapped up at 6/418, which included a world record 24 sixes. But even a score that large wasn't enough to offer security as Chris Gayle approached the crease for the West Indies.

The 39-year-old looked at his absolute best as he plundered a 55-ball century - the fastest in his career - and set a number of records of his own in the process. In his brutal innings, Gayle brought up his 10,000th ODI run with a six, hit his 500th international maximum and also hit the most sixes in an ODI series, finishing up with 28 with one match to go.

England snagged two early wickets but couldn't silence Gayle as he made St George's National Cricket Stadium look like an under 12s ground.

Chris Gayle was at his explosive best.
Chris Gayle was at his explosive best.

A dicey stumping shout off Adil Rashid threatened to end the veteran opener's innings, but the video ref saved him by a hair and allowed him to bury the leg-spinner with two consecutive sixes to pass 150.

Upon hitting 160, Gayle had 14 sixes to his name, making it a world-record best of 26 for the series.

It all come to an end on 162 as Ben Stokes sent a fuller ball crashing into the stumps after a missed swing from Gayle. Skipper Jason Holder (28) is currently at the crease with 124 runs to get off the final 15 overs.

A half century from Carlos Brathwaite and a well-struck 43 from Ashley Nurse had the home side within a stone's throw of England's total, but a stunning resurgence from Rashid saw the leggie clean up the tail in an unbelievable four-wicket over.

Rashid capitalised on the big-swinging tail-enders and served up catches for the infield before closing out the match with the stumping of Oshane Thomas for a duck.

The cricketing world was left in awe of the incredible contest, which saw more boundaries than any other one-day international in history.