England produce highest run chase to open Champions Trophy

For England, Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with the figures of four for 59, while Jake Ball and Ben Stokes chipped in with a wicket each.

England batting mainstay Joe Root expressed delight after England began their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign with a fascinating win over Bangladesh by 8 wickets after they chased down a target of 306 runs.

England won the toss and opted to field first, although captain Eoin Morgan may have liked to have reversed that decision pretty early on in the day. But apart from the visiting captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, nobody made significant contributions after losing Tamim Iqbal and they managed to score 305 which was a par score on what was a ideal batting surface.

While India and Australia are being pegged as the two likeliest to meet in the final, there will be teams like hosts England who will have a lot to say about that.

Hosts England, who were the losing finalists in the last edition in 2013, are among the favourites this time because of their current form and the fact that that they are playing in their home conditions.

Hussain, speaking ahead of the Champions Trophy opener between England and Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday, said he would have benefitted had this technology been available in his career. Soumya Sarkar was the first one to go in the 12th over after adding 56 alongside Tamim Iqbal.

Chris Woakes bowled two overs before being forced off and Bangladesh racked up a competitive total of 305 for six before Joe Root's 133 not out guided England to an easy victory.

England's total was also the highest score by a team batting second to win a Champions Trophy match, topping Sri Lanka's 297 for three against them at the Oval four years ago.

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Tamim started on a cautious note getting his first boundary off 21st ball that he faced.

By the end Root was hobbling but unbeaten and speaking after the match said he hoped it was just cramp as all England fans will hope as well.

England's pursuit didn't get off to a great start with Jason Roy - short of runs recently - holing out to short fine leg for just 1.

The skipper also said that the Tigers fell short of the mark in their bowling department, from which most expected better. However, Root and Hales then took the game away from Bangladesh.

The game works on both mobile and desktop and sees you take control of a cricket (funny I know) with a bat and the aim is simply to hit the ball. Suddenly England's bowling attack was looking a little boring.

Hales, rarely troubled by a Bangladesh attack lacking a genuine fast bowler, struck a four and a six off successive balls only to hole out off the leg-spinner's next delivery. They played the ball to its merit and waited for the loose balls. He's the sort of bloke who thrives on confidence, and he's going to be important as the tournament progresses and the pitches may take a bit of turn.

Indian team performed really well in the warm-up matches and comprehensively defeated New Zealand and Bangladesh.



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