Stokes, Roy seal series for England in thrilling fashion

England chase down yet another huge score to clinch the series against Pakistan ahead of the World Cup.

Things turning into a nightmare for Pakistan ahead of the World Cup as they suffer their 9th consecutive defeat in ODIs. Meanwhile, the hosts England are off to a flier before the biggest even and won the five-match series 3-0 at Trent Bridge in the fourth ODI on Friday.

Set a par score at the venue, the hosts were off to a superb start as Roy and James Vince smashed 94 inside 14 overs to put the pressure back on Pakistan. Vince was the first to fall as he chopped one on from Mohammad Hasnain to fall for 43. Joe Root got going as soon as he walked in and Roy continued to attack the bowlers to ease the pressure as the duo scored 107 for the 2nd wicket.

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However, the drama didn’t start till the 28th over of the innings. Roy got to his century off 75 deliveries as he smashed a boundary and a six to get to the landmark before falling to Hasnain

Root followed five balls later as he was dismissed by Imad Wasim. Jos Buttler, stand in captain on the day, bagged a two-ball duck while Moeen Ali was dismissed for a three-ball duck by Shoaib Malik and the tables started to turn from there. England collapsed to  216 for 5 and then 258 for 6.

However, it was Ben Stokes, who turned out to be the hero for England and ended with 71 to take the hosts over the line and clinch series.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 340/7 in 50 overs (Babar Azam 115; Tom Curran 4-75) lost to England 341/7 in 49.3 overs (Jason Roy 114, Ben Stokes 71*) by seven wickets.

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