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regular-article-logo Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Super Salt fires England to win against West Indies to square T20 series

There were no takers for Salt in the IPL 2024 auction

Reuters San Fernando (Trinidad) Published 21.12.23, 08:16 AM
Phil Salt of England hits a boundary during the fourth T20I against the West Indies at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, on Tuesday.

Phil Salt of England hits a boundary during the fourth T20I against the West Indies at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, on Tuesday. Getty Images

Phil Salt smashed a magnificent record-breaking century in England’s highest-ever T20I total as they romped to a 75-run win against the West Indies to square the series in a spellbinding match in Tarouba on Tuesday.

Salt thumped 119 off 57 balls as England tore into the West Indies attack to make 267/3 — surpassing their previous highest T20I total of 241 against New Zealand in 2019.

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There were no takers for Salt in the IPL 2024 auction. This, however, had no impact on his performance. If anything, it acted as an added motivation to do better.

Ten sixes flew off Salt’s bat as well as seven fours as he hit the highest total by an England men’s batsman in T20Is, eclipsing the 116 by Alex Hales in 2014.

Captain Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone joined the party with quickfire half centuries.

Buttler’s 55 came off 29 balls with his three sixes making him the English batsman with the most sixes in T20I — 123 in total.

Salt also struck a belligerent 109 not out in the third match of the series to deny West Indies a 3-0 series lead and he proved unstoppable again.

“I am definitely enjoying it. It’s a cool place to come and tour and play cricket,” Salt said.

“The boys have produced the goods in the last few games and now we have the decider to look forward to.”

The series is now locked at 2-2 with Thursday’s climax to come.

In reply to England’s huge total, West Indies lost opener Brandon King off the opening ball bowled by Moeen Ali but reacted in dazzling fashion with some sensational hitting to stay above the required run rate although wickets fell at regular intervals.

Nicholas Pooran hit 20 off the first over after King’s dismissal and made 39 off 15 balls before falling to a brilliant running catch by Harry Brook off Sam Curran’s bowling.

Sherfane Rutherford also blazed away in spectacular fashion as West Indies brought up the 100 in the seventh over but their chase was doomed to failure as wickets tumbled.

Andre Russell made sure West Indies went down swinging as he clouted 51 in a desperate last stand but was eventually out to a steepling catch by Brook to give Topley a third wicket.

Brief scores: England 267/3 in 20 overs (P. Salt 119, J. Buttler 55); West Indies 192 all out in 15.3 overs (A. Russell 51, R. Topley 3/37). England won by 75 runs.

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