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Host England make winning start

By The Assam Tribune

LONDON, June 1: Joe Root breezed to his 10th ODI hundred as title favourites England began their tournament campaign with an eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy opener here today.

Besides Root (133 not out off 129), contributions from opener Alex Hales (95 off 86) and captain Eoin Morgan (75 not out off 61) helped England chase down the 306-run target in 47.2 overs. It was the first time that 300 was successfully chased in the tournament history.

Put in to bat, Bangladesh did well to post 305 for six with opener Tamim Iqbal (128 off 142) making his ninth ODI hundred. England, who came into the tournament at the back of a series win against South Africa, were expected to overhaul the target comfortably at the Kennington Oval.

That is exactly what happened after the home team lost out-of-form opener Jason Roy in the third over.

Roy�s opening partner Hales and Root went about their business without taking too many risks and ended up stitching a 159-run stand at little over run-a-ball. Root�s unbeaten effort was also his highest ODI score.

Hales was the aggressor in the partnership, hitting 11 fours and couple of sixes before missing out on a well deserved hundred.

He fell trying to hit another one into stands and was holed out at deep midwicket after dispatching Sabbir Rahman for a four and six, leaving England at a well-placed 165 for two in 28 overs with 141 required of 22 overs.

Root was going at solid at the other end, busy collecting the ones and twos with incoming batsman Eoin Morgan expectedly going for his shots.

Such was the nature of Root�s innings is that he had found the boundary just six times on way to reaching three figures off 115 balls. Soon after, he too changed gears by dispatching Rubel Hossain for a straight six and a four.

Morgan at the other end was finding the boundaries at will en route to his 33rd half century. It was a whirlwind innings from the skipper who ended up smashing eight fours and two sixes.

Bangladesh bowlers made the job easier for England. They looked far from threatening and management�s decision to go in with four specialist bowlers on a flat wicket did not help their cause.

Earlier, courtesy Tamim�s ninth ODI hundred and a 166- run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79 off 72), Bangladesh shrugged off the disappointment of a batting debacle against India in the practice game. � PTI


Bangladesh innings: Tamim Iqbal c Buttler b Plunkett 128, Soumya Sarkar c sub (JM Bairstow) b Stokes 28, Imrul Kayes c Wood b Plunkett 19, Mushfiqur Rahim c Hales b Plunkett 79, Shakib Al Hasan c Stokes b Ball 10, Sabbir Rahman c Roy b Plunkett 24, Mahmudullah not out 6, Mosaddek Hossain not out 2. Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-7) 9. Total: (6 wickets in 50 overs) 305. Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-95, 3-261, 4-261, 5-277, 6-300. Bowling: CR Woakes 2-1-4-0, MA Wood 10-1-58-0, JT Ball 10-1-82-1, BA Stokes 7-0-42-1, LE Plunkett 10-0-59-4, MM Ali 8-1-40-0, JE Root 3-0-18-0.

England: J Roy c Mustafizur Rahman b Mashrafe Mortaza 1, A Hales c Sunzamul Islam b Sabbir Rahman 95, J Root not out 133, EJG Morgan not out 75, Extras: (lb 2, w 2) 4. Total: (2 wickets; 47.2 overs) 308. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-165. Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-56-1, Shakib Al Hasan 8-0-62-0, Mustafizur Rahman 9-0-51-0, Soumya Sarkar 2-0-13-0, Mosaddek Hossain 7.2-0-47-0, Rubel Hossain 10-0-64-0, Sabbir Rahman 1-0-13-1.

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