ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Results: England Top Bangladesh in Thursday Action

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2017

England's Joe Root celebrates reaching 100 during the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between England and Bangladesh at The Oval in London on June 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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England kicked off the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday at the Oval in London.

After being put in to bat, Bangladesh amassed an impressive total of 305 for six, with captain Tamim Iqbal making a brilliant 128. Liam Plunkett was England's star man with the ball, taking four wickets for 59 runs.

The hosts' response was a controlled one, with Joe Root's unbeaten 133 and Alex Hales' 95 the bedrock of the chase. The result rarely looked in danger, as England reached their target with 16 balls remaining.

The tournament continues on Friday, when rivals New Zealand and Australia face off in what should be an absorbing clash.

Below are the matches to come and a recap of how a fascinating opening fixture played out on Thursday.

      

Group Stage Matches

Friday, June 2 - Australia vs. New Zealand (Group A)

Saturday, June 3 - Sri Lanka vs. South Africa (Group B)

Sunday, June 4 - India vs. Pakistan (Group B)

Monday, June 5 - Australian vs. Bangladesh (Group A)

Tuesday, June 6 - New Zealand vs. England (Group A)

Wednesday, June 7 - South Africa vs. Pakistan (Group B)

Thursday, June 8 - India vs. Sri Lanka (Group B)

Friday, June 9 - New Zealand vs. Bangladesh (Group A)

Saturday, June 10 - England vs. Australia (Group A)

Sunday, June 11 - India vs. South Africa (Group B)

Monday, June 12 - Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan (Group B)

For the full tables and schedule visit the ICC website

       

Thursday Recap

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.

Not only were there doubts over the fitness of Ben Stokes, but after just two overs, star seamer Chris Woakes left the field with an injury. Suddenly England's bowling attack was looking a little dull.

Bangladesh capitalised to great effect. Although they lost Soumya Sarkar (28) and Imrul Kayes (19), Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim piled on the runs for much of the innings, with Iqbal solid as a rock at the crease.

As noted by former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, the Tigers were on for a big total thanks to the duo:

Iqbal reached his hundred, and although it wasn't the briskest knock, it gave Bangladesh a platform. And when he fell for 128, the opener would have been hoping to see the rest of the team push on from 261 for three.

Iqbal played superbly for Bangladesh.
Iqbal played superbly for Bangladesh.Philip Brown/Getty Images

However, England found some momentum, as Mushfiqur fell to Liam Plunkett off the next ball for 79, leaving two fresh players out in the middle. Eventually, Bangladesh crept past a run-a-ball for their 50 overs, posting a total of 305 for six.

While it looked to be a testing target for England, commentator Harsha Bhogle suggested Bangladesh may have ultimately been disappointed with the way they surrendered the initiative late on:

England's response didn't get off to the best start, as under-pressure opener Jason Roy was out for just one. But Hales and Root were able to steady the England ship.

The duo played sensibly, as they sought to establish themselves at the crease. Eventually, 159 runs later, Hales departed just five runs short of what would have been a brilliant century.

AllOutCricket praised the manner of the opener's knock nonetheless:

After all, Hales had left England in a strong position, as Morgan joined Root to edge the team along towards the target. 

Root's brilliant innings ensured England were never in danger.
Root's brilliant innings ensured England were never in danger.GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Root was hobbling between the wickets at this stage, although it didn't halt him in getting to three figures, the 10th time he has done so in one-day internationals. Morgan, meanwhile, raced to a classy 50, as England strolled towards victory.

Indeed, the pair accelerated their scoring and started to pick out the boundary with ease. Root wrapped up the win with back-to-back fours in the 48th over, moving him on to 133 from 129 balls; skipper Morgan ended up with a 61-ball 75.