Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener

In comparison, England is among the tournament favorites though it has never won the ICC Champions Trophy or the ICC World Cup whereas Bangladesh is inarguably the weakest team in the event.

England pulled off the highest successful run chase in ICC Champions Trophy history when they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match at The Oval on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh took a while to get going but having acclimatised to the conditions, they soon began to put pressure on the England bowlers.

"He's going to have a scan tonight".

"He's obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years - and a mainstay, very reliable guy", the former Ireland global added. "He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play".

Sledging and on-field spat between India-Pakistan players have also been witnessed many a times and several moments of aggression are deeply embedded in the memories of fans as well as cricket commentators.

"It's all right - it looks like it's just a bit of cramp", Root said, "I must not have eaten well enough this morning".

Root was particularly pleasing on the eye while Hales was punishing, and once Hales was dismissed with a hundred there for the taking, Morgan came in and fed off his recent form and experience to make what could have been a tricky chase appear straightforward.

If seven batsmen don't get you runs, I don't think the eighth batsman will necessarily make a difference.

Woakes, who came into the match following a thigh problem and could now be replaced by next-in-line Steven Finn if this side strain proves serious, was not the only injury worry for England, with Root hobbling during his 10th one-day global century.

Captain Eoin Morgan made clear after England's emphatic win over Bangladesh that there had been no indication beforehand of the injury Woakes suffered at The Oval.

"I thought he (Roy) was terribly unlucky today", Morgan said. "But, yes, certainly we believe in him".

Perhaps their most memorable clash of modern times was the gripping 2007 World Twenty20 final, which India won by five runs.

"We were in a great position to score 330, 340, but we lost too many wickets late", captain Mashrafe Mortaza said.

"So whatever we do first against England, we need to start well and that's what we are focusing on".

Tamim Iqbal while playing shots all around the wicket helped Bangladesh in compiling a decent total and henceforth giving a fighting total to the bowlers in order to defend.

  • Julie Sanders