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Sri Lanka finally gave themselves a score to defend but it still wasnt enough for their first win over England of the tour. Jason Roy made sure everyone knew they were on his manor with his second century of the series, and the second-highest score by an England batsman in ODIs, as the hosts cruised home with rm to spare. These are strange times in what we must still refer to as the United Kingdom and Englands limited-overs revolution is also taking some getting used to.England players like to talk about confidence in terms of having your tyres pumped and Roy in this sort of form lks like a monster truck. Without his regular opening partner, Alex Hales, who was suffering from a back problem and did not bat, Roy marauded around the Kia Oval just like he has done on so many fldlit nights for Surrey. Memories of his slim returns in South Africa, where he scored 96 runs in five innings, have been subsumed by the avalanche against Sri Lanka, helping England to seal the ODIs 2-0 with one match to play.He is currently averaging 141.00 for the series, a figure which speaks for itself in stentorian tones. In one innings, his career average rose from 33.90 to a fat, round 40.00. Roys qualities had already been reaffirmed with his role in Englands rambunctious run to the World T20 final and, at the start of the tournament, he spoke of trying not to put himself under t much pressure to go out and whack it from ball one.Englands new ethos almost seems to demand as much from Roy, particularly as Hales often likes to take a bit more time to find his stride. But there is aggression, and there is aggression. Here, Roy was happy to putter along at a run a ball until the point at which he had made 24 off 25, then casually sauntered forwards and dumped Farveez Maharf over long-on for the first of his three sixes. He had his moment of luck in Maharfs next over, when a thin inside-edge missed leg stump by a whisker and flew away for four, and was sn into his pomp.England, aside from their sloppy performance at Trent Bridge, have located gears that Sri Lanka currently cannot find and Roy drove them towards a target that initially seemed likely to be testing as if it were a summery Sunday afternn, rather than a cold, damp night in south London. The crowd drank in each of Roys milestones as happily as another beer from the bar but, just as he seemed set to eclipse Robin Smiths 167 - made during a 55-over game back in 1993 - he was dismissed aiming a tired swipe at Nuwan Pradeeps slower ball. His evident frustration at not finishing off the job bodes well for England.Roys hundred, the fastest of his three in ODIs, came off just 74 balls and a couple of years ago that would have been second only to Kevin Pietersen - a player Roy has been compared to (not least because of his Durban birthplace). It is a mark of how Englands game has moved at light speed that it now sits joint-ninth in the list.Im pretty happy with where Ive got to, he said. A lot of hard work has gone into it and to see the rewards is incredibly special, at my home ground, in a big game, to win a series... Im pretty stoked.England have kept faith in Surreys punkish young opener and he has begun to play like a king. Sri Lanka have a prince of their own in the ranks and on another night there would have been much heralding of Kusal Mendis. Englands rapid pursuit of their target made previous feats appear less dizzying but could not fully erase the impression of Mendis buckling his swash to fight the odds and the drizzle and give Sri Lankans something to smile about.Mendis is on the dinky side but he packs a punch. Were he from South America, he would doubtless be called la Pulga Atomica - the Atomic Flea, as Leo Messi is sometimes known. He struck seven fours in his first 18 balls, wresting back any early initiative England thought they had won from achieving a run-out in the second over, and setting the platform for their highest total of the series.At the start of the tour, Kumar Sangakkara had mentioned the former Schlboy Cricket of the Year as a future star and Mendis will return home with a report card to make his family proud. His maiden Test half-century was the sole bright spot during Sri Lankas hammering at Headingley and he added a fifty on ODI debut in Dublin a few weeks later, before following up with another against England in Bristol.This was the first time he had pushed his score on. In his sixth ODI, it was Mendis highest knock in any form of white-ball cricket, so he could be forgiven for not quite knowing the route to a century. But he gave the Sri Lanka innings its impetus, dragging Danuska Gunathilaka along to a first fifty of the series in his wake and allowing Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to start shovelling coal in the engine rm.It is worth recording what a thoroughly miserable day this was on which to watch or play cricket. A sold-out Kia Oval shivered in the drizzle through the first half of Sri Lankas innings but returned from cover when the rain finally relented in the late afternn. This was set to the be the highest attendance for a match at the ground in modern times, after the expansion of the Peter May stand, and in more clement conditions it would almost certainly have challenged the match between England and New Zealand here last year, which aggregated 763 runs - the most for an ODI in this country.Grey clouds scudded above the ground throughout, as the right little, tight little island of Thomas Dibdins imagination lay swaddled in murky weather and the fear of treachery. Above the pavilion, a union flag fluttered above a smaller St Georges cross. After Roys feat, the rain sn returned but this snug little island perhaps - strangely - felt just a little more secure. kieproshop.com/Cowboys-Darren-Wdson-Jersey/" target="_blank">Darren Wdson Youth Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. 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Right-arm medium pacer Rituraj Singh bagged 6 for 60 as Chhattisgarh squandered a strong start to be bowled out for 198 against Goa. But their bowlers fought back to reduce Goa to 127 for 6 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Chhattisgarh had put up 103 for 2 on a curtailed first day when only 38.2 overs were bowled. Amandeep Khare, resuming on 58, was dismissed nine balls into the day, after adding just two more runs. Only Ashutosh Singh made a mark among the batsmen that followed, striking an unbeaten 55.Goa were reeling at 70 for 6, before Samar Dubhashi and Shadab Jakati got together for an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 57. Dubhashi was not out on 38 and Jakati was batting on 29 when stumps were drawn. Kant Singh, the right-arm medium pacer, led Chhattisgarhs charge, picking up three wickets.Over at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Himachal Pradesh tk a 208-run first-innings lead over Jammu & Kashmir, courtesy half-centuries from Ankit Kalsi, Paras Dogra and captain Rishi Dhawan. J&K had been bowled out for 162 on the opening day after they opted to make first use of the surface. Himachal ended the day on 58 for the loss of their openers. Kalsi, who resumed on 25, and Dogra, who resumed on 3, shared 88 runs for the third wicket. Kalsi was dismissed for 54, while Dogra carried on and top scored with 89. Himachal were also bsted by some solid contributions from the middle and lower-middle order. Dhawan stayed not out on 79. Aamir Aziz, the left-arm spinner, tk 4 for 56, and J&K captain Parvez Rasl returned 3 for 69. J&K responded with 39 for no loss in their second innings, with both their openers, Shubham Khajuria and Umar Nazir unbeaten on iidentical scores of 17.dddddddddddd J&K are behind by 169 runs.At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Haryanas lower order produced a late surge to lift the team to 303 in their first innings against Kerala. Kerala responded strongly, however, ending the day on 170 for 1. Haryana had been reduced to 188 for 8 on the opening day, before Rohit Sharma and Sanjay Pahal shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 39. That partnership extended to 109 runs, with No. 10 Pahal hitting his maiden half-century in his sixth match. Pahal was dismissed for 54, before Rohit was caught and bowled by right-arm medium pacer Sandeep Warrier eight short of a century. Warrier tk 5 for 79.Vishnu Vinod dominated in Keralas reply, striking 58 in an opening stand of 72 with Bhavin Thakkar. After Vishnus dismissal, Kerala captain Rohan Prem joined Thakkar for a second-wicket stand that has realised 98 so far. Prem was unbeaten on 51, and Thakkar was on 56, having faced 176 balls.Shamsher Yadav struck his second first-class century, while Rahul Singh was closing in on his second ton as Services piled on 400 for 8 against Andhra at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Services had crawled to 170 for 3 in 90 overs on the opening day, with Shamsher unbeaten on 60. Rahul joined Shamsher with Services on 250 for 5 and added 107 for the sixth wicket. Shamsher finished with a career-best 136 in his seventh first-class match, while Rahul, playing his fifth game, ended the day not out on 95.The Hyderabad v Tripura match in Delhi was called off without a ball bowled due to smog. ' ' '

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