Joe Root classy Century propels England to Champions Trophy Opener win over Bangladesh

Returning from ankle and calf injury, Joe Root career-best inning of 133 help England to an easy eight-wicket win against Bangladesh in the opening match of Champions Trophy.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and has no hesitation in chasing a target against a slightly weak opposition who are playing Champions Trophy after several years. Opener Tamim Iqbal scored the first century of the Champions Trophy 2017 and gave them a hope of an opening day win. After the loss of Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes, Mushfique Rahim and Tamim added 166 runs for the third wicket partnership. Once both were out in the 45th over, Bangladesh couldn’t score much in the last five overs, yet they reached 305 after the end of 50 overs. Liam Plunkett picked up four out of six Bangladesh wickets.

In the chase of 306, Bangladesh struck early to remove Jason Roy but once Joe Root arrived at the crease, there was no looking back. A responsible inning from Joe Root, Alex Hales 95 and Eoin Morgan’s captain inning of unbeaten 75 pip Bangladesh by eight wickets with 16 balls to spare. The home team chase was all about two partnerships – Hales & Root’s 159 runs and Root-Morgan’s unbeaten 143 runs partnerships.

Joe Root was adjudged with Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 133 of 129 balls which saw 11 fours and one six. Mashrafe Mortaza on his team loss said that they were 20-30 runs short.

With formidable squad, 2013’s Champions Trophy finalist are once again looking to grab the ICC cup this time. England now face New Zealand on June 6 at Cardiff and will take on Australia on June 10. With this win, they are looking forward for semi-final spot and they are just one win away.

With both teams scoring 300 plus and the trend will continue through the Champions Trophy 2017.


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