Player of the Match
Player of the Match

England win by six wickets and take an unbeaten 2-0 lead. That's their second-highest ODI chase ever. Jason Roy the standout performance, while Joe Root also played a good hand. This is a dynamic England team, regardless of the problems Sri Lanka are having. That was a demanding target and they did it with ease.

alex: "Would love to see England bat first, at this rate they would have scored over 400 runs in both this game and the second game of the series. This is the first time every batsman and the team hasn't had to depend on one or two players (except Morgan, and Ali who shouldn't be in the team, he doesn't add that much batting-wise and Jordan is a lot better bowler and fielder) has proved themselves, good signs for the future."

I'll bring you the presentations in a moment...

Angelo Mathews "I though we had a good score but our bowlers were pretty ordinary. Jason batted outstandingly. Once again we were not penetrative enough to get the batsmen, it was a brilliant wicket. We might make a few changes, we have so many casualties. But it's time to make a couple of changes. Every game has been one player down."

Eoin Morgan "That was pretty special. Jason Roy ever impresses and is making the most of his form. He cashed in today. I don't think there was much margin of error on that much, credit to the groundstaff. I don't think we helped ourselves but in patches we showed what we did in Bristol but we need to improve. We are growing the more we play. I'm sure [Roy] will push the record again. We are about winning games of cricket."

Jason Roy "What a day. I'm stocked. I've put in a lot of hard work and it's nice to pay off. I'll take second and a series win. Both hundreds extremely special but quite different. I might not be out of breath but my legs are feeling it. The crowd were incredible. I had a low point during the series but I'm stocked I've picked myself up."

Roy understandably elated. He should enjoy every moment. So, the series moves to Cardiff on Saturday. England have it in the bag. What can they provide for us at the weekend? We'll be back to find out, but for now it's goodbye from Gnasher and Miller and thanks for joining us.

Prasanna to Buttler, FOUR runs, there it is! Buttler wins it in style, comes down the pitch and clubs it over wide mid-on

Nishan G Shetty: "This English side is really fearless!!"

40 | 13 Runs | ENG: 305/4 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.62, RRR: 1.50)

  • Jos Buttler13 (7b)
  • Jonny Bairstow29 (27b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep9-0-78-2
  • Farveez Maharoof8-0-58-0

England are going to do this chase with an over to spare. An outstanding performance. Such control and composure.

Pradeep to Buttler, 3 runs, a slower ball, full, driven wide of long-off - Lakmal - who just about manages to haul his body around the boundary
Pradeep to Buttler, 1 wide, short ball, very short, called wide
Pradeep to Bairstow, 1 run, another short ball and this one is crunched through square leg as he pulls powerfully
Pradeep to Bairstow, no run, slower ball outside off, think he gets a bottom edge as he goes to play square into the off side...doesn't carry to Chandimal
Pradeep to Bairstow, FOUR runs, full, straight, hammered...down the ground, out of reach of mid-on. Dismissive.
Pradeep to Bairstow, no run, short ball outside off stump, he goes for the pull and was done for a lack of pace...through his stroke
Pradeep to Bairstow, 4 leg byes, angled into the pads, deflects off the thigh guard fine past the keeper

39 | 10 Runs | ENG: 292/4 (16 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.48, RRR: 5.33)

  • Jos Buttler10 (6b)
  • Jonny Bairstow24 (22b)
  • Farveez Maharoof8-0-58-0
  • Nuwan Pradeep8-0-69-2
Maharoof to Buttler, no run, did this carry?! Sliced off a thick outside edge towards short third man. Was a very low catch if it was a chance

Maharoof pulls out of his delivery again. A warning for Bairstow, or because Buttler was moving around his crease. The latter, perhaps. Some feeling between Maharoof and Buttler for some reason

Maharoof to Buttler, FOUR runs, finds the gap this time, carves a length delivery over backward point and no chance for the sweeper on this occasion
Maharoof to Buttler, 2 runs, steps to the leg side and hammers a length delivery through the off side, deep point makes a meal of cutting that off and allows a second...which they may have got anyway, to be fair
Maharoof to Buttler, 2 runs, that's Buttler's reply to Maharoof, he brings out the scoop over his shoulder but long leg is able to get around
Maharoof to Bairstow, 1 run, worked into the leg side

Ah, the bowler bails out to warn Buttler over the Mankad. Buttler was actually okay, but he'll know Maharoof is watching

Maharoof to Buttler, 1 run, works a length ball down the ground and they decide to stay at one

Maharoof returns. Any time for a twist?

38 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 282/4 (26 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 6.50)

  • Jos Buttler1 (1b)
  • Jonny Bairstow23 (21b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep8-0-69-2
  • Seekkuge Prasanna7-0-57-0
Pradeep to Buttler, 1 run, tucks his first ball off his hip to long leg

Buttler comes in with England needing 27 off 25 balls

Robin Smith's record stays intact, but there's rightly deserved standing ovation from his home ground

Pradeep to Roy, OUT, no record for Roy! Moving to the leg side, he loses his shape on a heave across the line, defeated by a slower ball so a good piece of bowling as well

JJ Roy b Pradeep 162 (172m 118b 13x4 3x6) SR: 137.28

Pradeep to Bairstow, 1 run, width outside off, cut through point and the sweeper does well to keep it to a single

Alastair: "Bairstow is incredibly fast between the wickets, has to be amongst the top 5 in that respect in world cricket. Kohli, Dhoni, Warner are the other certainties in my mind."

Pradeep to Roy, 1 run, moves outside leg and eases this full delivery straight down the ground
Pradeep to Roy, 2 runs, whipped off his toes to deep midwicket and, again, they run the fielders ragged
Pradeep to Bairstow, 1 run, full at middle and leg, bunted down the ground

I haven't double checked, but this looks like terrific work from Rajanand: "Highest Score by a player in an innings for their respective countries (ODI) : India : Rohit Sharma - 264, New Zealand : Martin Guptill - 237*, West Indies : Chris Gayle - 215, Zimbabwe : Charles Coverntry : 194*, Pakistan : Saeed Anwar - 194, Sri Lanka : Sanath Jayasuriya - 189, South Africa : Gary Kirsten - 189, Australia : Shane Watson - 185*, Ireland : Paul Stirling - 177, Scotland : Calum McLoed - 175, England : Robin Smith - 167*, Bangladesh : Tamim Iqbal - 155"

37 | 10 Runs | ENG: 276/3 (32 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.45, RRR: 6.40)

  • Jonny Bairstow21 (19b)
  • Jason Roy159 (115b)
  • Seekkuge Prasanna7-0-57-0
  • Nuwan Pradeep7-0-63-1

Purna: "I don't know if anyone noticed this but I'm surprised to see Strauss feature thrice in top 6 ODI scores for England batsman! Isn't he a TEST only player? :P" A very under-rated ODI player

Prasanna to Bairstow, 1 run, comes forward, gets a thick inside edge to the leg side
Prasanna to Bairstow, 2 runs, angled into the pads, worked out to deep midwicket and the speed of these two between wickets - especially Roy with the time he's been out there and the blow to the foot - is impressive
Prasanna to Bairstow, no run, cut firmly and finds cover

Top chase


No. of higher successful run-chases for England in ODIs, than the 308 in this match. Last year they won chasing 350 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

Fifth England opener


No. of England openers who have scored 2 centuries in a bilateral ODI series, including Roy this series. Other four: Gooch, Knight, Pietersen and Cook.

Second-wicket high


No. of ODIs in England where both the teams had century stands for the second wicket, before this match - Eng vs Ken, Canterburry, 1999 World Cup.

In-form Roy


Runs scored by Jason Roy without getting dismissed, before this match. He scored 112* at Edgbaston & 5* at Bristol. He has scored another half-century today.



Sri Lanka's run rate in this ODI, which is their 3rd highest in an ODI in England. Highest is 8.64 (324/2 in 37.3) at Leeds in 2006.

Another one


No. of consecutive partnerships of 50-plus runs between Chandimal and Mathews in ODIs this year, including four ODIs of this series.

Attacking start


Runs scored by SL in the first ten overs of their innings - most by either teams in this series. In the first 3 ODIs, none of them scored more than 60 in first ten.

Eng at the Oval


Win-loss record for England at The Oval in ODIs since 2011. In 9 ODIs prior to that their numbers were exactly opposite: 2-7.

Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland 2016