Jason Roy, Ben Stokes star as England beat Pakistan to clinch ODI series

Jason Roy smashed a blazing hundred to help England clinch the one-day series against Pakistan in the fourth one-day game of the series played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

With this result, the home side is 3-0 up in the five-match one-day series. Babar Azam smashed a splendid century to help Pakistan post 340 in their 50 overs. In reply, Roy’s rampant hundred coupled with Ben Stokes’ half-century was enough to see England register a narrow win over Pakistan.

Set 341 runs to win, Jason Roy and James Vince got England off to a rampant start in the chase. The opening pair added 94 runs in space of 14 overs to put pressure back on Pakistan’s bowling attack. James Vince looked at the crease and scored 43 off 39 balls with the help of six boundaries.

Joe Root came to the crease and added 107 runs with Roy to see England placed in a commanding position to win the game. Roy smashed 114 runs off 89 balls with the help of 11 fours and 4 sixes to see England take firm control of the game. Root once failed to capitalize on his good start and scored perished for 36 runs.

Stand-in captain Jos Buttler suffered a rare failure to see Imad Wasim provided crucial breakthrough for Pakistan. All-rounder Moeen Ali also played a reckless shot against Shoaib Malik and was dismissed for a duck to see England go from 201 for 1 to 216 for 5 in space of three overs.

Joe Denly came to the crease and added 43 runs with Ben Stokes to revive England’s innings. He scored 17 off 21 balls and was dismissed by Junaid Khan to see England lose their sixth wicket with 258 runs on the board.

Stokes certainly took charge of the innings with England needing another 83 runs to win the game. He smashed unbeaten 71 runs of 64 balls to steer his side to a three-wicket win over Pakistan. He was well supported by Tom Curran, who scored 31 off 30 balls with the help of five boundaries.

For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Imad Wasim was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets to his name. Hasan Ali also bowled well and picked up the wicket of Tom Curran in the game.

Jason Roy and Ben Stokes delivered spectacular performances with the bat to see England beat Pakistan in the fourth one-day game played at Trent Bridge

Earlier in day, Imam-ul-Haq was retired hurt after a searing bouncer struck on his left elbow off the bowling of Mark Wood. Babar Azam came into this game under a lot of pressure and looked focused in this game. He smashed a couple of boundaries in the initial overs to get going in his innings.

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam added 116 runs to see Pakistan lay down decent platform for the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali to play their natural game in the later stages of the innings.

Zaman notched up a crucial half-century for Pakistan and was dismissed by Chris Woakes in the 20th over of the innings. Left-hander scored 57 off 50 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes. On the other hand, Azam continued to score runs at a decent rate. All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez came to the crease and decided to attack the leg-spinner Adil Rashid to put pressure back on England.

Azam added 104 runs with Hafeez to see Pakistan in a good position to post a mammoth score. Azam brought his up century in just 104 deliveries. Hafeez provided great support at the other end and scored 59 off 55 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes.

Azam struggled to up the ante in the innings and departed for 115 runs in the 40th over of the innings. Shoaib Malik also produced a brisk 41 runs off 26 balls to keep the scoreboard moving for Pakistan. Asif Ali, Imad Wasim and Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed chipped in with cameos to see Pakistan post 340 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their full quota of overs.

Opening batsman Jason Roy was named man of the match for his belligerent ton against Pakistan. The fifth and final game of the one-day series will take place on Sunday at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds.

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