Bangladesh is a nation where people can do anything to watch their cricketers winning but their players disappointed them in the opening game of the Champions Trophy on Thursday, 1st June in the Oval where Tigers played against the home team, England.
People all around who support the Tigers were very tensed before the match an at the same time, they were hoping for a magic from their boys. England is the favorite team in this Champions Trophy and even after knowing that their hopes crossed the sky.
The fans were not totally disappointed and their hopes for winning the game increased after the first innings of the match as Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 128 and put on 166 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79) which helped Bangladesh to score 308 after 50 overs.
But, England’s test captain, Joe Root scored an unbeaten century as tournament hosts England at the end beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match.
England, set 306 for victory, finished on 308 for two with 16 balls to spare. Root was a career-best 133 not out and England captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out, with their unbroken stand worth 143. Opener Alex Hales was out for 95.
Team Selection: Bangladesh think tank were worried after the batting performance from their boys in the last warm-up game against India where Tigers couldn’t even score 100. So ahead of today’s match, they wanted to increase their batting power and so they selected 8 batsmen in the playing XI. Mehedi Hasan Miraz was overlooked even after having a good history against England.
Bangladesh could have picked Taskin Ahmed or Sunzamul too but they didn’t go for that. Imrul Kayes batted at no.3 and the regular no.3 batsman, Sabbir came to bat at no.5.
Batting Order and lack of runs in last part: England’s fast bowler, Plunkett picked up two successive wickets of Tamim and Mushfiq which was important for the Three Lions at that stage.
After that double blow, Shakib came to bat with Sabbir. Shakib is a genuine attacking player but he is not a big hitter. So, Mahmudullah could have been sent before Shakib as he has power.
On the other hand, Shakib, Sabbir, Mosaddek and Mahmudullah couldn’t utilize the platform given to them by Tamim and Mushfiq. 20 or 30 more runs could have made the game more interesting.
Bowling: Bangladesh got a good start in bowling as Mashrafe managed to pick up the wicket of Roy early. But, other bowlers failed to keep that momentum high and they didn’t have any accurate plans.
They could bowl economically but they failed. Root, Hales and Morgan easily took singles and doubles which really killed the match. Moreover, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman failed to take any wickets with Rubel Hossain finished the game wicket less too.
Tamim took a brilliant catch during the 36th over of the match. It was the 4th delivery of Mashrafe’s over and Morgan chipped down the ground.
Tamim sprinted in from long-on, dived and he came up with the ball. The umpires sent this decision upstairs and interestingly the soft signal was ‘not out’. The third umpire didn’t take a long time and stayed with the decision from on-field umpires. At that moment, England would have been in pressure if that was given out.
Captain’s talk after the match:
Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said after the match, “I think 305 was a little bit short, but they batted really well and took the game away from us. Initally, getting used to the pitch, the openers take a bit of time; at the end, when we have wickets in hand, we have to do better.”
He added, “First match we decided to go with eight batters, but we have to think about it. The main bowlers must bowl better and abut the catch of Tamim, I think the umpires’ decision is final.”
England captain, Eoin Morgan said, “When the guys bat like that, it’s certainly a lot easier than it used to be. Joe Root and an in-form Alex Hales are huge factors. Joe is the glue in our side, he’s scored a lot or runs, he’s not slow, it’s at pace and today he was outstanding.”
He added, ” I want to lead from the front this tournament, put ourselves in a good position after this game, two to go in the group stages. I thought from 25 to 40 while bowling, we minimised the damage, Tamim can be destructive but they didn’t get away from us.”
England 308-2 (47.2 overs): Root 133*, Hales 95, Morgan 75*
Bangladesh 305-6 (50 overs): Tamim 128, Mushfiqur 79, Plunkett 4-59
Player of the match – JE Root (England)
England won the match by 8 wickets
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and Jake Ball.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.