England vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI: Roy’s rampage hands England unassailable 2-0 lead

Roy is ecstatic after scoring his third ODI century

Roy is ecstatic after scoring his third ODI century

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England opener Jason Roy’s stock surged following his performance in his side’s six-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method over Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at The Oval. The 25-year-old absolutely mauled Sri Lanka from the moment he opened the batting and he thus scored 162, which is the second-highest score by an England batsman in ODI history.

Roy, though, did receive some much-needed support in England’s second-highest successful run-chase in ODIs as Joe Root smashed a spectacular 65.

Opting to bowl first, England removed Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera early on as he was run out by Jonny Bairstow for one run.

Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis made up for the early loss of Perera as they amassed a 128-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Mendis was dismissed by Adil Rashid for 77 off 64 balls, which included 13 boundaries.

Mendis was Sri Lanka's top-scorer

Mendis was Sri Lanka’s top-scorer

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During their partnership, the heavens parted and play was suspended for two hours, which caused the match to be reduced to 42 overs per side.

Gunathilaka went on to score 62 off 64 deliveries, which included seven boundaries, before he also fell victim to Rashid.

Despite losing their two set batsmen, wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and captain Angelo Mathews stabilised the innings with an 87-run stand, during which Chandimal registered his half-century, before he was clean bowled by David Willey for 63 off 51 balls, which included one boundary and three sixes.

Seekkuge Prasanna fell shortly after, but Mathews maintained his composure and helped his side finish on 305/2 off their 42 overs thanks to his unbeaten knock of 67, which came off 54 deliveries and included six boundaries and a six.

Rashid and Willey picked up two wickets apiece.

Chasing 308 to win from 42 overs as a result of the Duckworth-Lewis method coming into effect, England did not get off to a good start as they lost Moeen Ali, who was promoted up the order, for just two runs.

Having been dealt a blow early on, Roy and Root steadied the innings with a 149-run stand, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

Gunathilaka provided the breakthrough Sri Lanka were looking for as he removed Root for 65, which came off 54 balls and included nine boundaries.

Root scored his 13th ODI fifty

Root scored his 13th ODI fifty

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Roy and skipper Eoin Morgan kept the runs flowing with a 54-run partnership, during which the former recorded his third ODI century, before Morgan was sent packing by Suranga Lakmal for 22.

England’s dominance with the bat continued as Roy and Bairstow put together a 60-run partnership before Roy’s sensational innings came to an end when he was cleaned up by Nuwan Pradeep for a career-best score of 162, which came off 118 balls and included 13 boundaries and three sixes.

Despite the loss of Roy, Bairstow and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler mopped up the remaining runs to see England home with 11 balls to spare.

Pradeep was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Lakmal and Gunathilaka claimed one wicket each.

Mathews was less than impressed with his side’s bowling performance, and said: “I thought we had a good score but our bowlers were pretty ordinary. Jason batted outstandingly. Once again we were not penetrative enough to get the batsmen, it was a brilliant wicket. We might make a few changes, we have so many casualties. But it’s time to make a couple of changes. Every game has been one player down.”

Morgan was thrilled to have won the series, and said: “That was pretty special. Jason Roy ever impresses and is making the most of his form. He cashed in today. I don’t think there was much margin of error on that much, credit to the groundstaff. I don’t think we helped ourselves but in patches we showed what we did in Bristol but we need to improve. We are growing the more we play. I’m sure [Roy] will push the record again. We are about winning games of cricket.”

Roy was named Man of the Match, and said: “What a day. I’m stoked. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s nice to pay off. I’ll take second and a series win. Both hundreds extremely special but quite different. I might not be out of breath but my legs are feeling it. The crowd were incredible. I had a low point during the series but I’m stoked I’ve picked myself up.”

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