Cricket: Joe Root hits a century on one leg as England beat Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener

Joe Root was one of England's injury victims but also provided the career-best hundred which ensured they began their Champions Trophy campaign with an emphatic victory against Bangladesh at The Oval.

Thursday, 1st June 2017, 9:09 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:14 pm
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Root (133no) was required in only the third over of England’s Group A chase of 305 for six, after Jason Roy’s miserable run of form continued with just a single on his home ground.

Alex Hales (95) was the dominant presence in a second-wicket stand of 159 which put England on course to outdo Tamim Iqbal (128) and Mushfiqur Rahim (79).

Root and Eoin Morgan (75no) did the rest in another unbroken three-figure partnership as the hosts got up and running in their own tournament with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare.

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For his trouble, though, Root was noticeably inconvenienced by a sore right leg, although it is Chris Woakes’ side strain, a notoriously awkward injury for any pace bowler, which is likely to be most significant as England plot the remainder of their campaign.

Liam Plunkett (four for 59) was England’s banker with the ball here, after Woakes left the field having bowled only two overs, but a longer-term replacement may well be required over the next two-and-a-half weeks.

Tamim put on 166 runs for the third wicket with Mushfiqur, passing his ninth one-day international hundred from 111 balls as he paced an assault which brought Bangladesh 83 in the last 10 overs - despite the dismissal of both set batsmen to successive Plunkett deliveries.

England faced an early test of their big-hitting credentials. But they proved they have both the necessary firepower and knowhow as they exacted a measure of revenge for the defeat against these same opponents in Adelaide which ended their hopes at the 2015 World Cup.