The Oval (June 1, 2017): Despite Bangladesh big total English batsmen reply with blistering and responsible batting play as Joe Root’s century finished the match with England’s victory by 8 wickets at The Oval.
In chasing 306 runs England lost first wicket of Jason Roy on six that energized the Bangladeshi bowlers to bowl aggressively. However after losing first wicket Joe Root and Alex Hales started building innings with classic batting skills.
Joe Root’s unbeaten 133, Alex Hales’ 95 and Eoin Morgan’s undefeated 75 shaded Tamim Iqbal’s 128 and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 78, helping the host gun down Bangladesh’s 305 for 6 in 47.2 overs with eight wickets and 16 deliveries to spare.
With the bat, Bangladesh sent out strong signals but its bowling just couldn’t match the relentless charge by England. The home side did it in pairs; Hales and Root added 159 for the second wicket before Morgan joined Root in a game-finishing 143-run stand.
The only bowler who looked remotely threatening was Mustafizur, whose cutters forced leading edges which didn’t carry to the fielders. Mustafizur got the respect he deserved but Hales was harsh on the experienced pair of Rubel and Shakib, hitting them down the ground with disdain.
Hales raced into the 90s with a four and a six off Sabbir Rahman’s part-time off-spin in the 28th over, but fell short of a ton when he holed out going for a third straight boundary.
Root, meanwhile, continued to milk the bowling and inched towards his century. Both batsmen got past their milestones in Mortaza’s final over.
Earlier, Bangladesh, who were bowled out just on 84 against Indian in warm up match, has posted relatively good total of 305 runs with the help of Tamim Iqbal’s brilliant century.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal joined hands and onslaught English bowlers with stylish batting and their 166-run third wicket partnership has paved the way for team to cross 300 mark.
Liam Plunkett took four after giving away 59 runs while Bens Stokes and Jake Ball each took a wicket.