England has just set an example with the sheer effortlessness with which they chased the target set to them by Bangladesh in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. Set a more than decent target of 306, England made it look like an absolute walk in the park as Alex Hales gave them a strong foundation despite losing opening partner Jason Roy early on. Hales was calculative in his approach as he didn’t take any undue risk but played at an extremely brisk pace.
The star for England however in their record chase of the history of the tournament, was the ever dominant and reliable Joe Root, who piled up yet another ODI century. Being his usual self, Root garnered all the runs with ease and grace and later on went berserk once the target was near. Thanks to a career-best knock of 133* from the Yorkshire lad, England got home with a little over 2 overs to spare.
Post the victory, skipper Eoin Morgan was all smiles as he lauded his side after the victory. The southpaw himself contributed to the chase with a rapid 75 off just 61 deliveries. Praising Root for his superb knock, Morgan said,
“When a guy bats like that it becomes a lot easy. He really has scored a lot of runs and he continues to do that. He has been working a lot on his power hitting and tonight it showed. The guys are hungry to do well.”
The England captain, however, admitted that once a batsman is set, playing the big knock on such a wicket isn’t too difficult.
“Probably we would have liked to take more wicket. An in batsman can really be dangerous. To continue to take wicket is going to be very important. No, absolutely not, considering one side of the boundary was so small,” said Morgan.
Admitting that things didn’t look too optimistic for strike bowler Chris Woakes, Morgan said,
“We went with the right decision in the morning considering one side of the boundary was so small and the ball was not turning. Chris Woakes is the biggest concern right now. At the moment it does not feel right.”
“We will assess everything in the morning after the scan. It will be a great game. World Cup final rematch so yeah it will be an interesting one,” the winning captain concluded.