2017 ICC Champions Trophy: ENG VS BAN – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim Help Bangladesh To Cross Past 300-Mark In Tournament Opener
In an inaugural match of the eighth edition of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh have set as target of 306 for England after riding on the fine hundred of left-handed batsman Tamim Iqbal, who also became the second Bangladeshi player to notch a century in the ICC Champions Trophy after left-handed batsman Shahriar Nafees, who score unbeaten 123 against Zimbabwe in 2006.
The Oval again proved to be a good surface with plenty of runs on an offer as Bangladesh batsmen had a merry time against England’s bowling line-up after being bundled out for 84, in their warm-up game against Indian on Tuesday.
Earlier, on a bright sunny day, England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to field first in the ICC Champions Trophy opener on Thursday at The Oval.
Leading from the front, the top-order helped Bangladesh to post 305 on board for the loss of six wickets on Thursday evening against England as Mahmudullah Riyad (6 off 6 balls) and Mosaddek Hossain (2 off 3 balls) remained unbeaten before seeing English batsmen chasing down the target.
For England, Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers, who bagged four wickets after conceding 59 runs in his 10 overs. Jake Ball and Ben Stokes claimed wicket apiece.
The left-handed Shakib Al Hasan was caught by Ben Stokes, on the bowling of Jake Ball when he was on 10 off eight balls, before Sabbir Rahman was dismissed on the first ball of the penultimate over by Liam Plunkett when Jason Roy claimed an easy catch at the long-on. He scored 15-ball 24.
For Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led side the top-order chipped in with some runs including Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes, before Iqbal and wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim made things ridiculously easy for the visitors.
While going well with the bat, hosts put on brakes while picking wickets on the two consecutive deliveries, Liam Plunkett dismissed both the set batsman — to pull things back for England, in the final half-and-hour of the first innings.
Interestingly, after changing his bat, Iqbal top-edged the ball which saw wicket-keeper Jos Buttler ran to his left to claim a catch. Tamim trudged off the ground when the crowd was seen cheering for his knock. He smashed 142-ball 128 and his innings included 12 fours and three sixes.
Mushfiqur Rahim was caught by Alex Hales in the long-on region. The right-handed batsman scored 79 off 72 balls as his innings included eight boundaries.
Earlier, Tamim, who has been top-scorer alongside Mushfiqur Rahim for Bangladesh has crossed past his half-century on the 71st delivery.
Adding to the stat, Bangladesh batsmen crossed past the 141-run partnership which was the previous best for the Tigers outside home conditions in One-day Internationals, set by wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad against the same opposition, in the World Cup of 2015. Iqbal and Rahim had put on 166 runs for the third wicket.
In the 32nd over when Tamim guided the ball toward fine third man for a four, Stokes, who looked frustrated had a word with the batsman which further happened thrice in the same over when Tamim without mumbling a word, gesturing with his left hand to hint Stokes to back to your bowling mark.
Stokes, who also patted on Tamim’s shoulder at the end of his over for what latter didn’t have a liking for. Tamim continued collecting the singles and doubles to see scoreboard ticking.
At the score of 95 in 20th over, Bangladesh lost its second wicket when left-handed batsman Imrul Kayes (19 off 20 balls) was brilliantly caught by Mark Wood at the short mid-on after diving full to his left.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket at the score of 56 on the final delivery of 12th over when left-handed batsman Soumya Sarkar (28 off 34 balls) opted for an upper-cut on a short-pitched delivery as he was holed out at the deep – to see Ben Stokes claiming the wicket when substitute Jonny Bairstow took a clean catch.
Going with four pacers, Three Lions preferred to go with fast bowler Jake Ball as leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who has been a success in England’s team recently was dropped from the Playing XI.
It’s pertinent to note, Chris Woakes returned to the dressing room after struggling with his thigh during bowling against Bangladesh. He was able to bowl just two overs in which he conceded four runs which included a maiden.
England all-rounders with the likes of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were declared match-fit as they missed their game against South Africa at the Lord’s which hosts eventually lost by seven wickets.
Brief Score: 305/6 (Tamim Iqbal: 128, Liam Plunkett 4/59)
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