Root on song as England thrash BD in Champions Trophy openerArchive
LONDON: Joe Root scored an unbeaten century as tournament hosts England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.
England, set 306 for victory, finished on 308 for two with 16 balls to spare. Root was a career-best 133 not out and England captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out, with their unbroken stand worth 143.
Opener Alex Hales was out for 95.Earlier, opener Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent century to lead Bangladesh to a decent total of 305 for six against England in the opening game of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.
Tamim made 128 and shared a third-wicket partnership of 166 with Mushfiqur Rahim which laid the platform to give Bangladesh the chance to spring a major shock against the hosts.
England lost all-rounder Chris Woakes to a side injury after he had bowled two overs and they looked lethargic in the field at the start of their bid to win a global 50-over tournament for the first time.
The pockets of flag-waving Bangladesh fans in the ground cheered every run wildly, although their team made a cautious start.
Tamim and Soumya Sarkar added 56 for the first wicket before the latter was caught on the cover point boundary by substitute fielder Jonny Bairstow off Ben Stokes for 28.
Imrul Kayes, on 19, was brilliantly caught by a diving Mark Wood at mid on but that brought Mushfiqur to the crease and he and Tamim gradually accelerated the scoring rate with crisp strokes all around the ground.
Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed in the sunshine but the left-hander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11 fours.
Tamim skied Liam Plunkett to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Mushfiqur was caught in the deep for 79 off the next ball.
Tamim Iqbal c Buttler b Plunkett 128 Soumya Sarkar c sub b Stokes 28 Imrul Kayes c Wood b Plunkett 19 Mushfiqur Rahim c Hales b Plunkett 79 Shakib Al Hasan c Stokes b Ball 10 Sabbir Rahman c Roy b Plunkett 24 Mahmudullah not out 6 Mosaddek Hossain not out 2
EXTRAS (B-1, LB-1, W-7) 9
TOTAL (for six wkts, 50 overs) 305
FALL OF WKTS: 1-56, 2-95, 3-261, 4-261, 5-277, 6-300.
DID NOT BAT: Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
BOWLING: Woakes 2-1-4-0; Wood 10-1-58-0 (1w); Ball 10-1-82-1; Stokes 7-0-42-1 (1w); Plunkett 10-0-59-4 (2w); Ali 8-1-40-0 (1w); Root 3-0-18-0 (2w).
J.J. Roy c Mustafizur b Mashrafe 1
A.D. Hales c sub b Sabbir 95 J.E. Root not out 133 E.J.G. Morgan not out 75
EXTRAS (LB-2, W-2) 4
TOTAL (for two wkts, 47.2 overs) 308
FALL OF WKTS: 1-6, 2-165.
DID NOT BAT: B.A. Stokes, J.C. Buttler, M.M. Ali, C.R. Woakes, L.E. Plunkett, M.A. Wood, J.T. Ball. BOWLING: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-56-1; Shakib Al Hasan 8-0-62-0 (1w); Mustafizur Rahman 9-0-51-0; Soumya Sarkar 2-0-13-0; Mosaddek Hossain 7.2-0-47-0 (1w); Rubel Hossain 10-0-64-0; Sabbir Rahman 1-0-13-1.
RESULT: England won by eight wickets.
UMPIRES: S. Ravi (India) and R.J. Tucker (Australia).
TV UMPIRE: B.N.J. Oxenford (Australia).
MATCH REFEREE: D.C. Boon (Australia).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Joe Root.
Published in Dawn, June 2nd, 2017