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English Lions Roar to a win against the Bangla Tigers in ICC Champions Trophy opener

Joe Root hits a six

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener between England and Bangladesh at the iconic the Kensington Oval resulted in an emphatic victory for the hosts. England pulled off a record Champions Trophy chase as they defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets.

 

After being asked to bat, Bangladesh put up a decent score of 305-6 which, in the end, was miserably inadequate for the mighty English batting line-up. Joe Root, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (75*) and Plunkett (4-59) were the heroes for England. Here are the five talking points from the game-

 

Tenth ODI ton for Joe Root (133*)

The best batsman in the English line-up had to make an early appearance at the crease courtesy the fourth consecutive single-digit outing for opener Jason Roy (1), who was dismissed in the third over by Mortaza. Root lived up to the expectations as he calmly steered the English ship on course to the highest ever Champions Trophy chase and in doing so brought up his 10th ODI ton. He was involved in two century partnerships with Hales and Morgan and ensured that the Tigers remained at bay.

 

The Hales-Root combo thwarts Bangladeshi hopes

The onus was again on Alex Hales to stabilize the English innings along with Root after yet another early departure of Roy and he executed his task beautifully as he put together a 159-run stand for the second wicket to quell any Bangladeshi hopes of a revival. His solid 95 of 86 deliveries, which included 11 fours and 2 sixes, put England in a comfortable position as Morgan and Root played with the flow to win the CT17 opener in style.

 

Alex Hales plays an off drive

 

Plunkett (4-59) heroics stall the Bangladeshi Charge

It was all merry making for the well-set duo of Tamim-Rahim who were looking to take charge of the proceedings and give Bangladesh an above 320 finish until Liam Plunkett arrived on the scene in the 45th over of the Bangladeshi innings. He took three out of the four Bangladeshi wickets to fall in the final six overs while accounting for the dangerous Tamim-Rahim duo off the successive deliveries in the 45th over. His finished with figures of 4-59 as Bangladesh could only muster 44 runs in the final six overs while losing four wickets.

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Tamim Iqbal (128), the old Warhorse, makes his CT debut in style

Tamim was hailed as the key to Bangladesh’s success at the Champions Trophy as his vast experience was perceived to be very crucial for the Tigers at the start of the innings. He didn’t disappoint as he scored a patient 128 of 142 balls which included 12 fours and 3 sixes. This was his 9th ODI hundred and in the process, became only the eighth batsman to score a hundred on Champions Trophy debut.

 

Tamim-Rahim Stand (166 runs) propels Bangladesh to 305

It was the 20th over of the Bangladeshi innings when Plunkett scalped Imrul Kayes for 19 to bring arguably the best Bangladeshi batsman on the crease in the form of Mushfiqur Rahim. With the score reading 95-2, Rahim combined with Tamim to stitch together a 166-run stand in almost 25 overs to take Bangladesh to 261 in the 45th over. Rahim’s vigil of 79 (8 fours) was finally ended by Plunkett in the 45th over of the innings.

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