June 23, 2017

Hobbling Root fires England to easy win over Bangladesh

02 June 2017, 02:53 | Jackie Morgan

Root struck his 10th ODI century as England beat Bangladesh

England v Bangladesh- ICC Champions Trophy

The strong batting and bowling lineuped England is set to face Bangladesh at The Oval in the CT 2017 opener game since 2000 on Thusrday (June 1).

Pakistan team also underwent a training session that lasted for more than three hours.

Bangladesh: Masrafe Mortaza (Captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sanjamul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarker, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed.

India registered two convincing wins over New Zealand and Bangladesh in the two warm-up matches leading up to the tournament.

However, heading into this ICC Champions Trophy, where they would play the same team they beat so famously in Adelaide first up, there were still questions over whether Bangladesh could turn it on, like they have done so often at home, in unfamiliar conditions and in a pressure cooker situation like the CT.

Root made a match-winning 133 not out from 129 deliveries - his best one-day score and his 10th ODI century - as England completed the highest-successful run chase in Champions Trophy history.

Hales led their partnership, scoring freely in front of the wicket.

Root and Eoin Morgan (75no) did the rest in another unbroken three-figure partnership as the hosts got up and running in their own tournament with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare.

In the first game against England, Tamim Iqbal smashed a wonderful knock of 128 off 148 balls and hit 3 sixes and 12 fours. Liam Plunkett had just given England a way back into the game with two quick wickets.

England's team leaders don't feel this is the time to start tinkering with the batting lineup, and would hope Roy - with his strike rate of 101.68, a top score of 162 and his thrilling see-it-and-hit-it approach - can get out of his rut and somehow rediscover some form.

Victory came at a price, though, for the bookies' title favourite.

England have suffered an early blow in their Champions Trophy campaign, with paceman Chris Woakes leaving the tournament opener against Bangladesh in the opening half hour at The Oval in London.

Morgan said Woakes would be a big loss if he can't play, but also praised his other bowlers for making up for his absence.

Bangladesh thought they had Morgan out for 22 when Tamim, running in from long-on, claimed a low catch but third umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled the ball had touched the turf.

Though, England have many winning memories than Bangladesh including the series which happened a year ago.

That was the cue for Tamim and the diminutive Mushfiqur to take charge.

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