Joe Root hit his maiden one-day century and Jos Buttler scored 99 as England amassed 303 for six off its 50 overs against West Indies in the third and final one-day international on Wednesday.
Root’s 107 off 122 balls included seven fours and lifted England from the early trouble of 37/2 in the seventh over at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Root shared a fifth wicket stand of 175 with Buttler, who fell in the final over, one short of his own maiden century at this level. Buttler slammed seven fours and four sixes off 84 balls.
The 175 that the pair added was the second highest partnership for England for the fifth wicket. However, the pair survived several close opportunities. Buttler had a caught behind decision overturned on reviewing it when he was on 22 while Root was put down by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin an outside edge off Sunil Narine.
While Root scored at a strike rate of 87, the power hitting was left to Buttler. He smashed four sixes and seven fours for his 99, that came of just 84 deliveries. Earlier, Moeen Ali had helped lay the platform with his first ODI.
Briefscores: England 303/6 in 50 overs (J Root 107, J Buttler 99, M Ali 55; D Bravo 3/60, N Miller 1/48) vs West Indies.