June 23, 2017

Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

03 June 2017, 02:18 | Jackie Morgan

Chris Woakes leaves the field after bowling just two overs in England's Champions Trophy opener

Chris Woakes leaves the field after bowling just two overs in England's Champions Trophy opener

Joe Root scored an unbeaten 133, as England chased 306 with eight wickets in hand to register an easy win in the opening game of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Earlier, courtesy Tamim's ninth ODI hundred and a 166- run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79 off 72), Bangladesh shrugged off the disappointment of a batting debacle against India in the practice game.

"A scan has confirmed that Chris Woakes sustained a left side strain in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh", the European Central Bank said in a statement on Friday.

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Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman bagged a wicket each on what was a superb pitch for batting.

One feels sorry for Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who got the tournament's first century.

"You know, when one of your main bowlers can only bowl two overs, it's asking a lot of the rest of the team to be able to stem the flow".

Bangladesh went into the match with a defensive mindset, preferring to play an additional batsman at the cost of wily Hasan.

Liam Plunkett took on Woakes' death-bowling duties against Bangladesh
Liam Plunkett took on Woakes death-bowling duties against Bangladesh

Stokes bowled on the outfield during England's training session at The Oval on Wednesday and Morgan said: "We will see how he pulls up tomorrow (Thursday) to see how much he will bowl".

England captain Eoin Morgan said in his eve-of-tournament news conference that Roy will "definitely play" in the Champions Trophy, that his opening partnership with fellow big hitter Alex Hales was a vital part of a team that has grown in stature in its ODI renaissance since the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Earlier the hosts won the toss and put in Bangladesh to bat, looking to make the best of the conditions.

Both batsmen, however, fell in successive balls from Liam Plunkett to leave Bangladesh 261 for four in the 45th over.

Writing on Twitter, the former England fast bowler, Darren Gough, reckoned it could take between four and six weeks for a full recovery, especially if he has damaged his intercostal muscles. Though after four wickets, it seemed like Bangladesh had lost their momentum, but middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman's crucial 24 runs in 13 balls helped the visitors to get past the 300-run mark.

All-rounder Ben Stokes despite a knee problem that had previously hampered him in his delivery stride, made the breakthrough when, with the last ball of his first over, Soumya Sarkar uppercut him straight to deep cover.

Eoin Morgan came in to join Root, who by that stage was limping after twisting his ankle playing a hook shot. This was just the kind of start Bangladesh were hoping for and they needed to capitalise from there on.

Root did hit one six, depositing a Rubel Hossain delivery into the stands, but only after he had brought up his 10th one-day century and wanted to control the asking rate.

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