England ride on Alex Hales 95 and Joe Root’s 133 not out for Victory against Bangladesh in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

It was a run feast at the Kennington Oval in the opening match between England and Bangladesh yesterday.

England won the toss and put Bangladesh to bat first.

Bangladesh batted first and batted well. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar gave their team a decent opening start of 56 runs.

After Sarkar departed for 28 runs, Bangladesh needed Imrul Kayes to capitalise on the opening start but Kayes lasted only for 29 minutes for his 20 balls 19 runs.

Then experience of Mushfiqur Rahim and power hitting of Tamim Iqbal took the charge for Bangladesh.

Their 166 run partnership ensured that Bangladesh put a good score.

Tamim Iqbal scored a wonderful hundred and become just a second Bangladeshi batsman to score a hundred in champions trophy.

Experienced wicket keeper batsman Mushiqur Rahim played a good supporting role. He scored vital 75 runs for his team.

Rahim and Iqbal blasted the England bowlers out of the park. Especially, Tamim Iqbal, he went fearless in his batting after his 9th ODI hundred.

But the 2 wickets in an over of the set batsmen like Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim gave England a outside chance to restrict the restrict the visitors to a minimum total.

Liam Plunkett who was expensive before taking their wicket provided the hosts with this vital break through.

After breaking this huge partnership, Jake Ball got star all rounder Shakib UL Hasan early. Bangladesh needed some big runs in their last few overs. In quest of those big runs Shakib gave his wicket away for just 10 runs.

In the end it was Sabbhir Rahaman who provided some lusty blows in the end. His 24 of 20 balls ensured that Bangladesh went past 300 and post their highest score against England in One Day Internationals.

At the end of their 50th overs Bangladesh posted a huge total on the board. They scored 305 for the loss of 6 wickets.

It was an easy chase for the home team. But England didn’t start off in that chase; they lost Jason Roy in the 2nd over.

It was the modern great batsman Joe Root took the responsibility with explosive opening batsman Alex Hales.

These two English men held the innings together.

They build a strong partnership of 159 which almost when England the game. Unfortunately Alex Hales missed his well deserved century by 5 runs. He looked good for 95 runs. It was the off spinner Sabbir Rahaman who took his wicket and gave Bangladesh a much needed break through.

After Hales departed, it was the captain Eoin Morgan and vice captain Joe Root who did the for the England team, these two batsmen build another unbeatable match winning partnership of 143 runs.

Root was unbeaten on 133 runs and Morgan supported him well with his magnificent 75 runs not out.

England won the match comfortably by 8 wickets in the end.

Joe Root was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant performance.

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