Root, Hales get England off to a winning start in Champions Trophy opener

England's Joe Root celebrating his century against Bangladesh at The Oval
England's Joe Root celebrating his century against Bangladesh at The Oval

England 308-2 (Root 133no) beat
Bangladesh 305-6 (Tamim 128)
First match, ICC Champions Trophy, Kennington Oval

Tamim Iqbal's century went in vain for Bangladesh as England chased down 306 runs in 47.2 overs with eight wickets in hand riding on an unbeaten 133 from Joe Root and a fluent 95-run knock from Alex Hales to begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a win at Kennington Oval.

England won the toss and decided to field first as they went with a five-man seam attack along with Moeen Ali as the spin bowling option while Bangladesh went on win an extended batting line-up.

Tamim domination set the tone for innings:

Bangladesh openers started the innings cautiously scoring six runs in the first four overs. Soumya Sarkar (28) stepped up the accelerator with back-to-back boundaries in the fifth over and was handed a reprieve when Ali (0-40) dropped him at square leg and Bangladesh ended the first powerplay at 36 for naught.

Sarkar took the attack to Jake Ball (1-82) hitting him for a six and two boundaries in the 11th over but was caught in the deep in the next over bowled by Ben Stokes (1-42), ending the 56-run opening stand. The momentum was carry forwarded by Tamim along with Imrul Kayes as they added another 39 run stand for the second wicket to take the score to 95 runs in the 20th over. And two overs later, Tamim completed his 37th half-century with a boundary in the 32nd over.

The partnership that kept England at bay

Bangladesh had scored under five runs for the majority of the innings but things started to change as Tamim struck a six and two boundaries in over 24 and 25 combined. By the 30-over mark, Bangladesh were placed 159 for two. In the next 10 overs, both Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim (79) added 65 runs. In the process, Rahim completed a 47-ball fifty while Tamim notched his century off 124 deliveries.

The duo stepped up the accelerator scoring 46 runs between overs 41 and 44 but were dismissed off successive deliveries in 45th over bowled by Liam Plunkett (4-59). The 166-run stand gave Bangladesh a perfect platform as a cameo from Sabbir Rahman (24) helped Bangladesh push the total past the 300-run mark in the 50 overs.

Another Roy failure covered by Root-Hales

Bangladesh applied early pressure on England with the dismissal of Jason Roy (1) in the third over. This was also Roy's fifth single digit score this season. With Hales (95) scoring six boundaries in the first powerplay, England reached 51 for one. Hales was the first of the two to reach his fifty and he struck and a six in the 22nd over the home side needed 168 to win.

Even though, Hales fell, five runs short off a deserving century. However, Root, who reached the three figure mark off 115 balls ensured England completed the chase in 47.2 overs with eight wickets in hand after an unbeaten 103 run stand that came for the third wicket skipper Eoin Morgan (75 not out), whose runs came at strike-rate of 122.

Root was awarded the player of the match for his unbeaten 133 that had 11 boundaries and a six.

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