Root ton propels England to big victory

Tamim's century goes in vain for Bangladesh

Root ton propels England to big victory

Joe Root's career-best unbeaten 133 powered England to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the opening match of the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Thursday.

England, set 306 for victory, finished on 308 for two with 16 balls to spare.

Root's innings was his highest in one-day internationals, surpassing his 125 against South Africa at Centurion last year.

England's total was also the highest score by a team batting second to win a Champions Trophy match, topping Sri Lanka's 297 for three against them at the Oval four years ago.


Root put on 159 with opener Alex Hales (95) and an unbroken 143 for the third wicket with skipper Eoin Morgan (75 n.o.).


But worryingly for England, bidding to win their first major International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI trophy, paceman Chris Woakes bowled just two overs before suffering a potentially tournament-ending left side strain. And Jason Roy fell for just one -- his fifth single figure score in his last six ODI innings.

Meanwhile Root suffered a calf injury while batting.

Earlier Tamim Iqbal's 128 was the centrepiece of Bangladesh's 305 for six after they lost the toss.
Tamim received excellent support from Mushfiqur Rahim (79) in a third-wicket partnership of 166.
Both batsmen, however, fell in successive balls from Liam Plunkett to leave Bangladesh 261 for four in the 45th over.

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 substitute Jonny Bairstow at deep cover for 38.

But as the runs kept coming, an increasingly frustrated Stokes exchanged words with Tamim and mockingly patted him on the shoulder at the end of the 32nd over, with umpires Rod Tucker and S Ravi intervening to calm tempers.

Meanwhile a single against off-spinner Moeen Ali saw Tamim to his ninth ODI century in 124 balls, including 11 fours and a six.


The 28-year-old fell when wicket-keeper Jos Buttler held a skyed pull off Plunkett.


The batsmen had crossed and next ball Mushfiqur carelessly holed out to long-off, with Bangladesh only managing a relatively modest 43 off the last five overs. There was no comfort for Roy on his Surrey home ground when he saw an attempted scoop off Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza brilliantly caught by a leaping Mustafizur Rahman at short fine leg.


Hales struck a four and a six off successive balls only to hole out off the leg-spinner's next delivery. Root's two off Mortaza took him to a 10th ODI hundred in 115 balls with six fours.

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