England registered an easy eight-wicket win over a resistant Bangladesh to give a winning start to their Champions Trophy campaign at the KIA Oval, London.
As anticipated, it turned out to be a pretty straightforward and one-sided game for the hosts, as they knocked off the target of 306 with 2.4 overs to spare. This successful chase is also the highest in the Champions Trophy.
After being asked to chase, England did not get a great start. Jason Roy and his lean run continued, as he was dismissed for a paltry score yet again.
However, his departure did not hurt much, as Hales and Root batted without breaking any sweat on a wicket that provided negligible assistance to the bowlers, whether fast or spin. The chase was smoothly orchestrated by the trio of Alex Hales, Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan.
A majority of the credit, however, goes to Joe Root who smashed 133 off just 129 deliveries to anchor the chase and ensure England ended up on the winning side against a tricky looking opposition.
As expected Joe Root snapped the Man of the Match Awards. Here is what he had to say to the post-match presentation:
“It (the performance by England) is going to get better. A lot of confidence in the dressing room. We back each other’s abilities and it rubs on everyone. It’s nice to have Buttler and Stokes coming after you.”
“It’s about making sure that we have plenty of wickets at the back end. One of the top four/five has to get a 70 or a 100 not out. Sure there will be different scenarios in the tournament but we have to give it our best. Good to start on this note. The ankle is alright, it’s more of a calf issue.”
Bangladesh showed a good fight and lived up to their growing reputation. After being put into bat first, The challengers racked up a challenging 305/6 in 50 overs riding on Tamim Iqbal’s 9th ODI ton and handy contributions from Mushfiqur Rahim. The bowlers, who were touted as their strengths, however, failed to put any pressure on the chasing side and simply let them build the momentum.