England v Bangladesh: Hosts win by 8 wickets & Root makes unbeaten 133

England v Bangladesh: Hosts win by 8 wickets & Root makes unbeaten 133

Highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Bangladesh, cricket score and updates: Hosts win by 8 wickets

England beat Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener as Joe Root makes unbeaten 133

England v Bangladesh: ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – as it happened

 

England beat Bangladesh

England (308/2) beat Bangladesh (305/6) by eight wickets

Starts can hardly be more misleading. England won the toss and after eight balls of the Champions Trophy, Chris Woakes – the ever-reliable Woakes – had bowled a maiden over, Mark Wood was looking too sharp for Bangladesh’s batsmen, and England’s opening game looked to be a stroll.

England eventually won comfortably enough, with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare, but at immense cost. They lost Woakes, arguably their most indispensable cricketer after Ben Stokes, with a sidestrain that will surely keep him out for the rest of this tournament. Nobody else in the land can swing the new white ball at Woakes’s speed in addition to batting with such sound mind and technique.

Less seriously, Joe Root hurt his right ankle and calf when playing a hook and his back foot slipped, before soldiering on to his tenth ODI hundred and highest innings. Stokes lost his temper with Tamim Iqbal – who scored 128 off 142 balls for Bangladesh – but, fortunately, not the use of his left knee as he managed seven overs of medium pace in two spells.

Woakes completely crocked, and Stokes partially crocked so he is unable to bowl flat out, while Jason Roy cannot work out a low-risk way to score his next run: if all these casualties should be found to stem originally from their involvement in this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League, they will outweigh the gains for English cricket.

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