England bowl v Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener

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With a few players emerging from a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and injuries, defending champions India, who have unmatched pedigree on paper, are all set to defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1-18.

England's captain Eoin Morgan sits next to the Champions Trophy during a press conference at the Oval cricket ground in London Wednesday May 31, 2017. "He has practised today so we are hoping that by the time the first match comes he will be able to play".

England, who came into the tournament at the back of a series win against South Africa, were expected to overhaul the target comfortably at the Kennington Oval.

Not known as a big-hitter, Root later lofted Rubel Hossain for a straight six and ended the match with a four off Mossadek Hossain. Roy and Root looking for their best in this match.

Root should be fit but the loss of Woakes, England's highest ranked ODI bowler, would be a huge blow.

Root was going at solid at the other end, busy collecting the ones and twos with incoming batsman Eoin Morgan expectedly going for his shots.

The batsmen had crossed and next ball Mushfiqur carelessly holed out to long-off, with Bangladesh only managing a modest 43 off the last five overs.

On paper, England seems to be dominating Bangladesh by a mile. He along with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (79) added 166 runs in 25.1 overs to hand a crucial advantage to the visitors.

Put in to bat, both openers Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar (28) started the innings on a steady note as they forged a 56-run partnership before Sarkar was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes in the 12th over.

Mushfiqur's innings was a gem, his 48-ball 50 brought up with his fourth four when he drove Root past mid-off to also complete the century stand. In the process, Root also completed his century in the 43th over.

Tamim hit a dozen boundaries and three sixes, and Mushfiqur eight boundaries, until Tamim top-edged Liam Plunkett and was caught behind, and Mushfiqur was caught on the boundary.

The twin strikes affected the scoring rate a bit before Sabbir Rahman smashed 24 off 15 balls to take his team past 300.

Plunkett added Sabbir Rahman's wicket in the last over to finish with a team-best 4-59.



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