Jason Roy Powers England to Clinch ODI Series against Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval

June 30 15:50 2016

jasonNew Delhi, Thursday, June 30 – Sports play pivotal role in one’s life. These bring people from different castes,colors and creeds come together and pray for the success of favourite team. On more than a few occasions, contests are held without any problem, while at times, rain threat looms as it happened a day ago during England and Sri Lanka clash at Kennington Oval, London, making Mathews a disappointed captain since a win was keenly awaited to level series and let the series’ winner get decided in the final One Day International, which is to be played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on July 2.

Rain chances were high yesterday as well and that came into picture to change more than a few equations on the field. The viewers were certain about watching a rain-curtailed game. Sri Lankan side has been plagued by injuries and this is a big point to worry the skipper. Here is to describe that Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan – the England captain, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were part of England squad to contest in opposition to Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Despite the fact that Chris Jordan, Steven Finn and James Vince were not included in the Playing XI, all they desired was team’s success, which was imperative to seal series with one match yet to be played.

At the same time, Sri Lanka team had Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep and Angelo Mathews, who expected the boys to do well and not let the batting order collapse due to pressure. Suraj Randiv and Dhananjaya de Silva were the cricketers on bench. England won the toss and decided to bowl first. Each team had to play for 42 overs. And surprisingly, Sri Lanka batted well, raising hopes amid the fans that they might pull off in the end. But same thought wasn’t there early when Kusal Perera turned a run out victim thanks to brilliant efforts of Bairstow in the second over.

The opener could only score 1 run off 1 ball. However, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis batted with patience as this was important to save wickets from falling at a time when it was needed to shine and keep Sri Lanka hopes alive in the ongoing tournament. The two players totaled 128 runs together, not letting pressure to lay heavy on minds and keeping their nose above water. A good delivery by Adil Rashid made him earn Mendis’ wicket in the 20th over. The 21-year-old young Sri Lankan player played an eye catching innings of 77 runs facing just 64 deliveries. 13 boundaries made his knock set the base for a strong target in the last part. After a few overs, Rashid dismissed Danushka Gunathilaka as well since Ali was quick in taking the catch and let England get some grip in the contest. 62 runs from him in 64 balls, together with seven boundaries helped the team get desired stability.

More was yet to come as Dinesh Chandimal – the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper, was ready to send the ball out of the boundary line and pocket runs in speed. Prior losing wicket to Willey, he scored 63 runs off 51 balls, which comprised a four and three sixes. Angelo Mathews, on the other hand, was making sure not to lose his wicket and keep on hitting the ball as hard as possible. He was not out at 67 runs and struck six fours and a biggie with a strike rate of 124.07. Seekkuge Prasanna hit a boundary and scored 9 runs off 8 balls before Willey showed him the way back to the dressing room. Dasun Shanaka was not out at 19 runs. Three boundaries from him lent a hand to the team get a total over 300, which looked enough to defend. 305 runs for the loss of five wickets seemed to force the host go on the back seat as chasing a stiff Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target of 308 in 42 overs was not any easy task at all. 64 runs were scored by the traveling squad in mandatory powerplay.

England fumbled in the beginning since Moeen Ali chose a wrong shot and the catch directly went into the hands of Chandimal in Pradeep’s over. Just 2 runs were scored by the England opener. But Jason Roy was in a completely different mood. Joe Root gave him great support before succumbing to Gunathilaka at an individual total of 65 runs off 54 balls, together with nine boundaries. Expectations were high from Eoin Morgan as well. The England skipper played a knock of 22 runs off 27 balls (6 x 1) prior being sent to the dressing room by Lakmal. When Roy’s wicket fell in 38th over, many felt it is going to be a turning point of the match. The 25-year-old English cricketer spellbound the crowd with his 162-run knock of only 118 deliveries. 13 4s and three sixes helped him continue great show with ease. Putting forward such performance is never easy when opponents are trying all their best to gain ground in the contest from the beginning till the end.

It is true had Jonny Bairstow not been able to play an unbeaten knock of 29 runs (4 x 3) and Jos Buttler 17 runs (4 x 2), Roy’s efforts would have gone in vain. After all, a triumph was eyed and it came in the pocket of England, who clinched the ODI series in spite of the fact that the last ODI is to be held after a couple of days. As a matter of fact, each captain wishes to lead a group that is steady and fit. Maturity in play comes with time and experience. If one looks over how the ODI leg of the series has emerged then he will get to see a tie in the first match, an England win in the second clash, a washout in the third and important ODI and a victory on England side this time.

Whenever these two sides battled against each other after Sri Lanka arrived in England, the former hopes to taste victory. This hasn’t come true so far but what happens next will only come forward after fifth ODI. 309 runs were scored by the home side in 40.1 overs, proving once again that anything is possible in cricket. England won by six wickets. Eyes of the crowd are stuck on the outcome of 5th ODI. Can the visitors be able to finish 50-50 over match with a win or remain winless will be something to keep the audience busy. It was one of the incredible wins for England as chasing down a big total under pressure takes a lot of efforts, which were there to let them log another win. Cricketers put in a lot of hard work to be victorious and it paid off thanks to complete input both as individuals and a unit. Sri Lanka have already lost the ODI series after Test series defeat. Indisputably, focus will be on not making mistakes that could snatch victory away next time. Roy was declared ‘Player of the Match’ and he deserved to receive the award for staying calm and letting his bat speak.