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England opening batsman Jason Roy scored a sensational century yesterday against Pakistan as England yet again chased down a stiff target of 341 to take an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the 5 match series. Their batting has been a notch above than their opponents. The knock of 114 from the blade of Jason Roy came in just 89 deliveries and ensured England chased the target down in the final over of the match.
The opener revealed how he scored a century after an overnight visit with his baby daughter in the hospital. Roy who is a sensational striker of the ball looked in complete command from the outset and smashed the Pakistan bowlers all around the park. His knock of 114 was studded with 11 fours and 4 sixes.
The century came against a top class opposition against Pakistan, especially after a strenuous day. Jason Roy revealed that he was more worried about his daughter rather than scoring the runs on the day.
“It was a very emotional hundred. I didn’t see it coming,” Jason Roy was quoted as saying by BBC Radio’s Test Match Special. I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family,” added Roy, who returned to the hospital after a three-wicket win, although his daughter’s condition is not believed to be serious.
“It was my little one. We had to take her to the hospital at 1:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 8:30 am, came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on.”
England got off to a sensational start while chasing the stiff target of 341. Jason Roy’s knock was instrumental in getting the home team close to the target. However, they lost 3 wickets for just 7 runs which turned the scales. All-rounder Ben Stokes then scored a brilliant 71 which eventually helped England chase the target in the final over and with 3 deliveries to spare.
England was cruising to a target of 341 while Roy was at the crease but, after comfortable wins at Southampton and Bristol, his dismissal sparked a collapse that saw three wickets lost for seven runs in 10 balls.
“For Ben to soak up that pressure, come through it and be not out at the end will give him lots of confidence. It was great to see him play in that fashion,” said England stand-in captain Jos Buttler.