Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

Guillermo Lane
June 2, 2017

But England captain Eoin Morgan then helped Root (133 not out, 129b, 11x4, 1x6) put on an undefeated 143 for the third wicket to see his side home with 16 balls in hand.

England were left fearing the worst when Woakes did not return to the field after bowling just two overs during their tournament-opening eight-wicket defeat of Bangladesh at The Oval.

Meanwhile, England are heading into the tournament having won six of their last seven ODI series, including the last three in a row.

Root too was clearly inconvenienced by what appeared at first to be an ankle twisted as he set off for a run, but he later described as cramp in his calf.

De Villiers further said that he is expecting a competitive tournament where even the top sides would not be able to take things easy in any matches.

"Alex Hales isn't going to score slowly".

England suffered an early loss as Mustafizur Rahman took an exceptional catch of Jason Roy on the bowl of Mashrafe Mortaza.

Imrul's departure brought Mushfiqur and Tamim together, however, and the pair's stylish counter-attack may have had Bangladesh dreaming of stunning England again after their Test success previous year and the left-hander's ninth ODI hundred deserved to have more of a say. That brought in Bangladesh's Test Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to the crease with Tamim Iqbal.

Of the teams involved in this edition of the competition, England and Bangladesh are two of three sides yet to win the Champions Trophy (Pakistan); England twice finishing as runners-up whilst Bangladesh are yet to feature in a final. The next two balls from Stokes did not quite fit the plan as they were full on Kayes' pads, the first of the whipped to the square-leg fence which is where the slip had come from.

But Bangladesh, skittled out for just 84 by Champions Trophy holders India in a warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday, gave them some nervy moments in the field.

But all-rounder Ben Stokes, who had been struggling for bowling fitness because of a knee injury, made the breakthrough with the last ball of his first over when Sarkar, on 38, uppercut him straight to substitute Jonny Bairstow at deep cover.

Meanwhile a single against off-spinner Moeen Ali saw Tamim to his ninth ODI century in 124 balls, including 11 fours and a six.

The England No 3 then showed his own attacking prowess, smashing a six over long on before completing the victory with back-to-back fours over the onside. His innings came to an end in the 44th over dismissed for 128 off 142 balls. Morgan took on Tamim Iqbal who claimed a wonderful diving catch only to have the catch questioned by Morgan and the umpires themselves.

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