Hosts England proved why they are the favorites to lift the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after brushing aside Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the opening game played at The Oval. England batted superbly in pursuit of chasing a score of 306 runs posted by Bangladesh courtesy of superb hundred scored by Tamim Iqbal.
Jason Roy’s woes with the bat continued as he was dismissed for a low score by Bangladesh captain and fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza. Alex Hales and Joe Root came together at the crease and formed a good partnership to stabilize England’s innings and lay down a platform for others to make sure they chase the score without any hassles.
Root led the way with the bat as he went onto score his 10th ton and remained unbeaten till the end along with Eoin Morgan to see England get off the mark with a win in the tournament. Morgan has been in the form of his life as he smashed 75 runs to see hosts win the game in 47th over. Hales also played as the swashbuckling opener scored 95 runs of 85 runs.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan won the toss for England and opted to have a bowl. Bangladesh started well as Tamim Iqbal played well to see the side comfortably placed at 95 for 1 after 19 overs. Soumya Sarkar was dismissed by Ben Stokes as he played a fancy uppercut only to see Jonny Bairstow take a clean catch. Iqbal teamed up with Mushfiqur Rahim as they put 156-run stand to help Bangladesh in a commanding position to post a score in excess of 300 runs from their full quota of overs.
Tamim scored 128 runs off 142 balls and smoked three sixes in his innings. Rahim was not far off as he scored 79 runs off 72 balls to see Bangladesh register 305 runs from 50 overs. Liam Plunkett was outstanding at the death overs of the innings as he picked up four wickets to be the standout bowler for England.
Bangladesh would be disappointed that their bowling let them down as management might go for Mehedi Hasan Miraaz in place of Rubel Hossain or Mosaddek Hossain. England would be pleased with their performance with the bat and would need to improve their bowling against more established teams like Australia and New Zealand.