Joe Root century helps England beat Bangladesh in Champions Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 3:05
He was not about to divert from his principles either as England prepare to begin their latest bid for a first one-day worldwide global trophy in their history. 613 runs scored in the match is the third-highest match total in Champions Trophy. England has a habit of losing wickets early in quick succession case in point the 3rd ODI against South Africa.
Moeen Ali put down a straightforward chance in the same position, reprieving Soumya Sarkar - who was unable to take significant advantage before cutting a slow long-hop in Ben Stokes' first over straight to Bairstow in the deep to end an opening stand of 56.
Eoin Morgan's Twenty20 side looked set to be crowned World Twenty20 champions in India a year ago before Carlos Brathwaite's dramatic blitz in the final over from Ben Stokes gave West Indies a sensational victory in Kolkata.
The South Africans are the top-ranked ODI team, with the top-ranked batsman (AB de Villiers) and the top two bowlers (Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir). As yet, it is hard to say if he will be fit for England's next match against New Zealand at Cardiff on June 6.
"We should have done better than we did but a 2-1 series win over South Africa, we'll take that every day".
His calming presence allows the big-hitters around him a freedom to play their natural game and Alex Hales demonstrated the tactic impeccably by smashing a belligerent 95 in his 159-run partnership with the Yorkshireman. Overall, the Hales-Root pair stands top among 33 England pairs with 750-plus runs.
Going into the match, Bangladesh would be brimming with confidence as they have won four of their last seven ODI games versus England.
They never allowed the England bowlers to settle, and realising that the pacers were largely bowling back of a length, they adjusted accordingly. Their previous highest was 288, in Dhaka in October 2016.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2004 victor West Indies will not feature in 2017 tournament for failing to bag the spot among top eight teams in ICC ODI rankings by September 30, 2015.
The way Tamim and Mushfiqur played in that partnership was quite impressive. Australia's Rick McCosker and Alan Turner added 182 for the opening wicket against Sri Lanka in the 1975 World Cup. But they proved they have both the necessary firepower and knowhow as they exacted a measure of revenge for the defeat against these same opponents in Adelaide which ended their hopes at the 2015 World Cup. Root finished the game off in style, with a four off Mosaddek Hossain, ending the innings not out on 133.
Tamim also join the action as he pummeled one away for four more of the last ball of Wood's next over. The ball fell near him but Tamim had no idea where the delivery was and almost tripped on it, before it spun away. He has three hundreds each against Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
However, what Bangladesh showed with this batting innings is that they aren't in this Champions Trophy just to make up the numbers.