England vs Bangladesh Champions Trophy – Report
England humble valiant Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener
It was expected to be a clinical performance by England, especially after the poor displays by the Bangladesh team in the warm up games. Bangladesh, though, came out very determined with the bat on a flat wicket and though they set up a daunting target for England, the bowlers just didn’t have the ability to stop the strong English batsmen from completing what appeared to be a routine chase for them.
Bangladesh were put in to bat after Morgan won a good toss and both Tamim and Sarkar looked very comfortable on what was a good track for batting. Sarkar was the first to lose his wicket after a good opening stand of 56. Tamim added another 39 runs with his former opening partner Kayes, until the latter was dismissed for 18 by an ever improving Plunkett. This brought the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim to the crease, who, along with Tamim played some superb shots to allow Bangladesh to dominate a rather ragged England bowling and fielding unit.
The partnership flourished between Mushfiqur and Tamim as they added 166 runs and put Bangaldesh in a position of strength. Unfortunately for them, Tamim fell after scoring a superb 128, an innings which ensured that Bangladesh had a sizeable score to defend. Mushfiqur fell soon after and though Sabbir played a few good shots towards the end, the Bangladesh score of 305 seemed at least 30 runs short as England’s strong batting line up were soon to prove. Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with four crucial wickets.
The English reply started poorly with Roy falling to the skipper Mortaza after scoring just 1. However, Hales and Root put on a brilliant 159 run partnership that put the game firmly in England’s grasp. Hales played an attacking innings filled with flowing drives and pulls and fell within reach of a well deserved century. Root continued strongly and put on an unbeaten 143 run stand with skipper Morgan to ensure that England had a dominant win over Bangladesh. Root finished on a splendid 133 while Morgan played a forceful knock of 75 to round off an easy victory for the Poms.
Joe Root was named the Man of the Match for his terrific century while Bangladesh were left to rue their strategy of playing just four specialist bowlers where they chose to go in without the talented Mehedi Hasan. Bangladesh next play Australia on Monday while England play New Zealand on Tuesday.