4th ODI (D/N), The Oval, June 29, 2016, Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland
(42/42 ov) 305/5
(40.1/42 ov, T:308) 309/4

England won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)

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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!!"

end of over 4013 runs
ENG: 305/4CRR: 7.62 RRR: 1.50
Jos Buttler13 (7b 1x4)
Jonny Bairstow29 (27b 3x4)
Nuwan Pradeep 9-0-78-2
Farveez Maharoof 8-0-58-0

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

end of over 3910 runs
ENG: 292/4CRR: 7.48 RRR: 5.33
Jos Buttler10 (6b 1x4)
Jonny Bairstow24 (22b 2x4)
Farveez Maharoof 8-0-58-0
Nuwan Pradeep 8-0-69-2
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?

end of over 386 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 282/4CRR: 7.42 RRR: 6.50
Jos Buttler1 (1b)
Jonny Bairstow23 (21b 2x4)
Nuwan Pradeep 8-0-69-2
Seekkuge Prasanna 7-0-57-0
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

Jason 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"