Salt’s Consecutive Centuries Secure Series Draw for England

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Phil Salt’s back-to-back century, combined with a solid opening alongside captain Jos Buttler, propelled England to their highest T20 score of 267-3. This set the stage for a commanding 75-run victory over West Indies, positioning the series for a decisive final match.

Buttler expressed his delight at the “fantastic win,” acknowledging the rarity of such games and drawing parallels to the Hong Kong Sixes. The fifth and ultimate match is slated for Thursday at the Brian Lara Stadium.

Salt and Buttler’s partnership yielded 117 runs in 9.5 overs, with Buttler contributing a quick 55 before being caught on the boundary. Salt accelerated even further, achieving a remarkable 48-ball century, becoming the first Englishman to achieve two T20 centuries. His outstanding innings of 119, featuring 10 sixes and seven boundaries, established the highest T20 score by an Englishman.

England’s dominance continued, with contributions from Will Jacks (24 off nine deliveries) and Liam Livingstone (unbeaten 54 off 21), resulting in a cumulative score of 267-3, ranking as the fifth-highest in men’s T20 history.

In response, West Indies faced early setbacks, losing Brandon King for a golden duck and struggling to match the formidable performance of Salt and Buttler. Despite Nicholas Pooran’s efforts (scoring 39 off 15), the home side found themselves at three down for 58 runs.

Wickets continued to tumble, and by the end of the ninth over, key players such as Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, and Jason Holder were dismissed. Despite Andre Russell’s team-high 51 off 25 balls, Topley’s three-wicket haul led the bowling attack, with support from Sam Curran and Rehan Ahmed, each claiming two wickets.

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