Oval : England have won the Champions Trophy 2017 opener against Bangladesh by eight wickets.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first .Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started the innings cautiously against English bowlers who kept probing them with their pace and bounce in the initial overs at the Oval cricket ground which is conducive of batting.England all-rounder Ben Stokes gave England their first breakthrough who has been in a tremendous form this year.
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 166-run stand helped Bangladesh notch 305/6 in 50 overs.Iqbal (128) and Rahim (79) put up a record 166 runs for the third wicket to take their team to a big total. This is the best partnership in the Champions Trophy history for any wicket.
England bowlers looked clueless against Bangladesh batting as they hardly posed any trouble to the opponents.Jake Ball was the costliest of the English bowlers who leaked 82 runs from his 10 overs and picked just 1 wicket. Liam Plunkett was the pick of English bowlers who conceded 59 runs and scalped 4 wickets from his 10 overs.
Joe Root (133*) scored his 10th ODI century and was involved in two 140-plus stands with Alex Hales (95) and Eoin Morgan (75*) .Eoin Morgan smashed an unbeaten 75 off 61 balls as England pulled off the highest successful run chase in Champions Trophy history when they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match at The Kennigton Oval in London on Thursday.
Joe Root finished the game by slamming two boundaries off Mosaddek Hossain’s first two balls. He remains unbeaten on 133 with skipper Eoin Morgan who too walks happily back into the pavilion on 75.England, set 306 for victory, finished on 308 for two with 16 balls to spare
This was the first time that a 300-plus target has been chased in the ICC Champions trophy.
Joe Root gets the Player of the Match award for scoring an outstanding century.