June 23, 2017

Bangladesh v England: Champions Trophy opener

04 June 2017, 02:07 | Jackie Morgan

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Joe Root ensured England's Champions Trophy campaign began in style as he scored a career-best unbeaten 133 in an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh. All other Bangladesh batsmen have collectively managed only three centuries across formats against England.

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Set 306 win, Root's unbeaten knock of 133 - his 10th one-day global ton - underpinned England's reply, while opener Alex Hales struck 95 and Morgan finished on 75 not out.

England was on the receiving end of the previous highest chase in trophy history, a loss in 2013 to Sri Lanka, which made 297-3.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed he was out on Friday. It was their 166 runs stand for the third wicket that put Bangladesh on a solid platform.

Their twin exits in the 45th over stalled Bangladesh, which embarrassed England at the last two Cricket World Cups.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his team had failed to score enough runs in favourable conditions.

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

"Joe is the glue in our side, he's scored a lot or runs, he's not slow, it's at pace and today he was outstanding". So, both of them will play their better game against Bangladesh. Marginally, the second is perhaps the most worrying - because in Jonny Bairstow England have an in-form alternative to open the innings.

There were no such problems for Root who limped to his century as any remaining Bangladesh hope was firmly extinguished.

Hales was rarely forced to go aerial in pursuit of his sixth half century, while Root nurdled his way to the same milestone easily.

Morgan's 33rd half-century came off 61 balls and his knock of 75 included eight boundaries and two sixes. With captain AB de Villiers top-ranked among batsmen, South Africa now have the top two bowlers as well as four players in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen - Quinton de Kock (fourth), Faf du Plessis (sixth) and Hashim Amla (10th) being the others.

England allrounder Chris Woakes will miss the rest of the Champions Trophy because of a left side strain.

"It is a worry when he (Woakes) goes off the field and can't come back on and bowl", Morgan told a news conference.

But Tamim skied to Jos Buttler and Mushfiqur holed to long on from successive Plunkett deliveries to halt the Tigers' momentum. To overpower an opponent as ruthless as England, Bangladesh need to learn to be more aggressive.

For England, Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with the figures of four for 59, while Jake Ball and Ben Stokes chipped in with a wicket each.

After those two contests, Bangladesh will enter the final pool match with confidence after notching their first away ODI victory against New Zealand during the recent tri-series in Ireland.

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