England vs Pakistan 4th ODI: Roy stars as England claim unassailable 3-0 lead in Nottingham

Jason Roy 114 England Pakistan 4th ODI Nottingham cricket

Jason Roy celebrates after bringing up his eighth ODI century

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Jason Roy smashed an 89-ball 114 as England escaped with a three-wicket win with three balls to spare in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Nottingham.

While England triumphed and claimed an unassailable 3-0 series lead, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam deserves a lot of credit as he scored a magnificent 115.

Being put in to bat first, Pakistan were dealt a major scare in the fourth over as opener Imam-ul-Haq retired hurt on three after being hit on the elbow by a delivery from Mark Wood.

Fakhar Zaman and Azam made up for the loss of Imam with a 107-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Zaman was caught by Wood at third man off the bowling of Tom Curran for 57, which came off 50 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Azam and Mohammad Hafeez kept the runs flowing with a 104-run stand, during which Hafeez brought up his fifty, before he was dismissed by Wood for 59, which came off 55 balls and included two boundaries and three sixes.

Azam went on to score a 112-ball 115, which included 13 boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Jofra Archer off the bowling of Curran.

Babar Azam 115 England Pakistan 4th ODI Nottingham cricket

Babar Azam scored his ninth ODI hundred

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Asif Ali only made 17 before he was sent packing by Archer, while Imad Wasim scored 12 before being cleaned up by Curran.

Shoaib Malik hammered a 26-ball 41 before he hit his own stumps off the bowling of Wood.

Hasan Ali fell shortly after, but with captain Sarfraz Ahmed scoring an unbeaten 21 and Imam returning and ending the innings on six runs, Pakistan finished on 340/7.

Curran was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Wood snapped up two and Archer chipped in with one.

Chasing 341 to win, England got off to a great start as Roy and James Vince amassed a 94-run partnership before Vince was clean bowled by Mohammad Hasnain for 43.

Roy and Joe Root kept the scoreboard ticking with a 107-run stand, during which Roy sailed past his hundred, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hasnain for 114, which came off 89 balls and included 11 boundaries and four sixes.

Root went on to make 36 before being removed by Imad, who also sent Jos Buttler packing for a duck two balls later.

With Moeen Ali also failing to trouble the scorers, England suddenly found themselves in a spot of bother at 216/5 in the 31st over.

Joe Denly mustered 17 runs before he was spectacularly caught and bowled by Junaid Khan.

Ben Stokes and Curran added 61 runs to the score before Curran was clean bowled by Hasan for 31.

Despite losing Curran, Stokes guided England to victory with three balls to spare thanks to his unbeaten knock of 71, which came off 64 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Hasnain and Imad took two wickets apiece, while Junaid, Hasan and Malik claimed one wicket each.

Roy was named Man of the Match.

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