Jason Roy hits superb 162 to fire England to ODI win
Jason Roy made a brilliant 162 to lead England to a crushing six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
LONDON (Reuters) - Jason Roy made a brilliant 162 to lead England to a crushing six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday.
Roy fell five runs short of England's highest one-day score, Robin Smith's 167 against Australia in 1993, but the hosts eased to a revised target of 309 with 11 balls to spare to seal the five-match series with a 2-0 lead.
Sri Lanka scored 305 for five from 42 overs after being put in to bat thanks to half centuries by Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, who top-scored with 77, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews.
Their innings was interrupted by rain, however, and England faced a target of 309.
Roy was in prime form and, after Moeen Ali fell early, he struck three sixes and 13 fours from 118 balls in a superb exhibition of stroke-making.
Joe Root made 65 in a welcome return to form before Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler guided England to their second highest successful run chase in one-day cricket.
(Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing byb Ken Ferris)