Roy’s scintillating 162 in spectacular run chase seals series win for England

Roy's scintillating 162 in spectacular run chase seals series win for England

Chasing a rigid Duckworth-Lewis- revised target of 308 in 42 overs, following a two-and-a-half hour break for rain that had robbed Sri Lanka’s own innings of crucial impetus, Jason Roy thumped 13 fours and three sixes in route of a 118-ball ambush to place the outcome outside any reservation.

Jason Roy lit up a overcast evening at the Kennington Oval with a startling match winning 162 the 2nd highest ODI individual score ever made by an England batsman .- This overshadowed the Sri Lanka’s superlative batting performance of the series was turned an inadequacy total by a persistent show of hard, sparkling hitting, associated with quick running between the wickets that own players couldn’t come even close to emulating.

Roy’s first hundred was compiled in 74 balls, his 150 from 109 He eventually fell with 27 runs still required, bowled by a Nuwan Pradeep slower ball.This score equalled the 23 tear old record of 167 not out scored by Robin Smith. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler were on hand to fasten victory with a serene 11 balls and six wickets to spare.
The degree of England’s supremacy evoked reminiscences of a comparable run-chase that Sri Lanka themselves pulled off at Headingly exactly ten years ago. The footage exposed a departed era in which England’s cricketers were a white-ball joke and Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s puzzlingly used No.8 batsman, was a thrusting No.1 who claimed a split in match winning 286-run opening stand with legendary Sanath Jayasuriya.

Following the early loss of Moeen Ali, who was promoted to open after Alex Hales suffered a back spasm while fielding, Roy added 149 for the second wicket with Joe Root, whose 65 from 54 balls was a appropriate reminder – after a sequence of single-figure scores Eoin Morgan, the skipper proved mettle on his way to 22 from 27 balls including his trademark lofted six to hint at a soothing innings, he was sawn off by the most stunning catch of the summer so far, a one-handed gulp dive from Danushka Gamuthilaka at backward point to capture a stunner from a Suranga Lakmal long-hop.

Sri Lanka were asked to bat again by Eion Morgan after winning the toss on a easy paced wicket full of runs but rains threatening and a heavy breeze blowing .Sri Lanka were unlucky to lose Kusal Perera in the second over when he just could not make the ground from a direct throw by Jonny Bairstow from close in. The run was on but his path was blocked by the bowler Chris Woakes.

The second pair of Danushka Gunatilleke and Kusal Mendi added 128-run stand for the second wicket which was Sri Lanka’s highest partnership of the series.
Mendis, who has been Sri Lanka’s most promising young batsman of a tough campaign, top-scored with 77 from 64 balls, his fourth and highest half-century of the tour and his most effortless yet. His application could, and probably should, have been even more substantially rewarded, however, had it not been for the onset of rain, after one ball of the 19th over, which robbed his innings of all impetus.

Five balls after the resumption, his attempt to take on Rashid’s tricks resulted in an open-faced miscue to a diving Liam Plunkett in the covers, and soon afterwards, Gunathilaka was dismissed as well.Adil Rashid used his googly to fine cause in the wet weather conditions, and appeared to hoodwink his prey with the one that went the other way, as Gunathilaka made room for a lofted drive over the covers, but instead chipped a constrained drive to Moeen Ali at wide mid-off.
England were a more focused unit in the second half of their bowling effort, although they struggled once again to separate Sri Lanka’s old guard of Mathews and, in particular, Dinesh Chandimal, who followed his 62 from 77 balls at Bristol with a better scintillating innings of 63 from 51.

Mathews, despite a not fully recovered hamstring issues but never looking fully movable, had been the silent partner for much of the second half of Sri Lanka’s innings, but nevertheless finished the innings in style, bringing up his fifty from 47 balls with a lovely straight drive off a near-perfect Plunkett Yorker, then celebrating with two more fours in consecutive balls. His efforts carried his side past the 300-barrier, but any feelings of psychology impending into play were quickly scotched when Roy got into his stride.

It was very unfortunate that the inform Upul Tharanga could not get an opportunity to bat again as he had been demoted to No 8, the batsman who holds the highest opening stand world record of 286 runs.
Thus with this win England has sealed the Royal London ODI series with 2-0 lead. The final and 5th ODI will be battled at Cardiff on Saturday .This encounter would afford Sri Lanka to show some lost prestige.

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