Sri Lanka’s ongoing tour of England went from bad to worse after they were blown away by a magnificent knock from opener Jason Roy at The Oval. By the virtue of winning the fourth ODI, England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, with just one game to go in the series. It was a win orchestrated by the sheer brilliance of Jason Roy, as his breathtaking knock of 162 off just 118 deliveries helped the hosts scale down 308 in just 40.1 overs.
Post the game, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews was a dejected captain. Despite leading from the front and by example, Mathews has not been able to inspire Sri Lanka to achieve success. In the post-match presentation, Mathews stated that losing key players to injuries during the tour had eventually taken a toll on his side.
“Once again we weren’t penetrative enough to get wickets,” Mathews said. “It was a good wicket, but we needed to put a lot of effort to take wickets and unfortunately we didn’t do it. We might look at making a few changes in the next game. We got so many causalities at the moment. We have lost a player every game due to injury.”
Jason Roy, who was named the Man of the Match, termed the victory as “incredible”. “What a day. Incredible win for the boys. I have put in a lot of hard work and it’s nice to see it paid off. I am never going to forget this knock, just a shame I wasn’t there at the end. I was pretty disappointed. I think both the hundreds in the series are special. Credit to Sri Lanka for batting well. My legs were tired towards the end with those twos. I am really happy. Huge respect to the boys and to the crowd as well,” Roy said.
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