England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener

Riding high in Joe Root's unbeaten hundred and fifties from Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Thursday. England chased the 306-run target with 16 balls to spare.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 2, 2017 2:22 pm
England vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Cricket England register a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

England’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 got off to a brilliant start as the Three Lions beat Bangladesh by eight wickets at The Oval on Thursday. Set a 306-run target, England lost just two wickets and overhauled the target with 16 deliveries to spare. Joe Root remained unbeaten on 133 – his best ODI score – and he was ably assisted by skipper Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 75. It was Alex Hales who put the chase on track with his fluent 95 at top of the order. Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Tamim Iqbal’s hundred and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 75 to post a 300+ total but it was the ordinary bowling in the second half of the game which cost them the match.

England vs Bangladesh: As it happened

*After 47.2 overs, England are 308/2, Joe Root 133*, Eoin Morgan 75*. Mortaza gave Bangladesh the early breakthrough but it was England show since then. Both Hales and Root put on a mammoth stand before the opener fell short of a well-deserved 100 and went back to the hut after scoring a fluent 95. Morgan came in and completed the chase with the right-hander. The skipper scored a fluent 75 while Root hit an unbeaten 133 in the chase

* Innings wrap: Bangladesh post 300/6 against England at The Oval in the tournament opener. After put into bat first, Bangladesh had a steady start before losing Somya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes. Rahim and Tamim Iqbal then combined well to put the innings on track and then accelerate. Tamim (128) hit a brilliant hundred while Rahim (79) scored a fluent fifty

TOSS: England win toss, elect to bowl against Bangladesh. England would now look to keep the Shakib-led unit to a decent total and chase it down later. The hosts are back to full strength and Ben Stokes is back after missing the final ODI against South Africa

England Playing XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball

Bangladesh Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain

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