June 29, 2017

Root: 'Thrilled to get off to a start like this'

02 June 2017, 05:06 | Simon Arnold

Root: 'Thrilled to get off to a start like this'

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Liam Plunkett (4-59) helped to ensure England managed without perhaps their most reliable performer of all, keeping Bangladesh to 305-6 on a very good pitch at The Oval despite Tamim Iqbal's 128 and his stand of 166 with Mushfiqur Rahim (79).

England's Chris Woakes has been sent for a scan on a side strain and is a "worry" for the rest of the Champions Trophy, says captain Eoin Morgan. "Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales, and he'll definitely play".

"It's alright - it looks like it's just a bit of cramp", he said.

Chris Woakes, who opened the attack, bowled just two overs before leaving with a left side strain, the kind of injury which doesn't heal quickly.

"I was pretty happy with our preparations for the Champions Trophy, although obviously you don't want to lose a series that you play in".

Opener Jason Roy, under pressure coming into this tournament, received a vote of confidence from his skipper despite falling for just one.

With around seven an over needed from the final 10 overs, England kicked on with Morgan (75no from 61 balls) twice clearing the ropes and Root, hobbling slightly after rolling his ankle, going through to three figures.

"I have never seen a team win a global tournament playing defensively".

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Woakes, who came into the match following a thigh problem and could now be replaced by next-in-line Steven Finn if this side strain proves serious, was not the only injury worry for England, with Root hobbling during his 10th one-day worldwide century.

"I thought he (Roy) was terribly unlucky today", Morgan said.

"It was quite smart, bowling a slow ball, and courageous. a big gamble". "That sort of stuff can happen".

"Nice to know you've got guys like Ben Stokes waiting to come in. We (still) believe in him". "[Plan was] making sure we had plenty of wickets in hand at the back end, one of the top four being not out between 70 and 100, we did a really good job".

England were rarely troubled during their run-chase and Root, England's recently-appointed Test captain, said: "We are a (one-day) side that are getting better at it (chasing totals in excess of 300)".

"We felt given the opposition, they probably would have preferred to play against a lot more spin, as opposed to four quicks, and obviously Ben [Stokes]", Morgan explained.

England: J. Roy c Mustafizur Rahman b Mashrafe Mortaza 1, A. Hales c sub (Sunzamul Islam) b Sabbir Rahman 95, J. Root (not out) 133, E. Morgan (not out) 75.

With Mushfiqur settling in, Tamim took on the task of keeping the scoreboard moving and announced his ambitions with an inside-out six over cover off Ali in the 25th over, and followed it up with back-to-back boundaries in Plunkett's next over.

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