Ben Stokes sees stuttering England to Pakistan series win

Mark Wood of England bowls alongside Imam-ul Haq of Pakistan during the 4th One Day International between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge

After Roy got out, England suffered a minor collapse before an unbeaten 71 from Ben Stokes helped the hosts win with three balls and three wickets to spare, for an insurmountable 3-0 series lead.

Yet when Roy departed for 114 with England on 201-2 their momentum ground to a halt as they lost three further wickets for another 15 runs with Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali departing for ducks.

England, seeking a win that would seal the five-match series at 3-0 up with one to play, were looking at a stiff chase when Pakistan were 178 for one off 30 overs.

Ben Stokes' 71* was crucial for his team as they recovered from a mini-collapse to chase down 341 with three balls remaining.

Roy reached his eighth ODI hundred in style, lofting off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez over extra-cover for a fourth six in 75 balls faced.

Jason Roy was at a loss to explain how he had scored a match-winning century against Pakistan following an overnight visit to hospital with his baby daughter.

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While Roy was named man-of-the-match, the award could have gone to his Surrey team-mate Tom Curran. The mistake - not the only one in the field by Pakistan - proved costly. With England needing 101 off 80 balls the pair went into steadying mode, with the likes of Curran, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer still available as testament to their formidable batting depth - with or without Bairstow and the suspended Eoin Morgan. As Shoaib Malik deflected an Archer delivery into the off side, hesitated, then set off, Archer - in his follow-through - toe-poked the ball directly onto the stumps at the striker's end, where Asif stretched to make his ground safely.

But when he was yorked by Hasan Ali, England still needed 22 off 16 balls.

Pakistan also suffered a setback when their inform opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq had to retire hurt on six after missing an intended pull off an 89 miles per hour ball from fast bowler Mark Wood that hit the former on his elbow. They have been changing their lineups in the last couple of matches.

Fakhar Zaman and Babar steered Pakistan to 116 before the first wicket fell, thanks to some good pressure from Curran.

Azam and Mohammad Hafeez kept the runs flowing with a 104-run stand, during which Hafeez brought up his fifty, before he was dismissed by Wood for 59, which came off 55 balls and included two boundaries and three sixes. Imam-ul-Haq Gives Pakistan an Injury Concern Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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