England ease to victory with record run chase

Root's Yorkshire teammate Liam Plunkett claimed 4-59 from his 10-over allocation, including the pivotal wicket of century-maker Tamim, who clashed with Stokes after reacting to the Durham man's sledging.

The left-hander received excellent support from Mushfiqur Rahim (79) in a third-wicket partnership of 166.

England will have to shuffle their bowling options, with the dropped Adil Rashid certain to return for the next Group A match against the Kiwis on Tuesday.

Both teams feature several survivors from Bangladesh´s 15-run shock win at Adelaide which condemned England to a woeful first-round exit from the last World Cup.

Chris Woakes' participation in the remainder of England's Champions Trophy campaign could be in doubt, after he picked up a side strain during the tournament opener against Bangladesh at The Oval. However, England wasn't left to rue that chance as Ben Stokes dismissed Sarker a couple of overs later after a lofted cut shot found its way down substitute fielders throat in Jonny Bairstow for 28.

Chris Woakes bowled two overs before being forced off and Bangladesh racked up a competitive total of 305 for six before Joe Root's 133 not out guided England to an easy victory.

Joe Root reaffirmed his class as one of the finest batsmen in world cricket with a well-crafted 133*, his 10th century, and highest score in ODI cricket.

Morgan had a life when Tamim was deemed to have grounded a diving catch by the third umpire and used it to good effect, bringing up a 33rd ODI fifty, but the crowd was lifted to its feet when Root reached three figures, despite struggling on his right leg.

The de Villiers-led side slumped to a 1-2 defeat to England in the three-match ODI series after two closes match went the hosts' way while they were humbled in the final game.

Six of those players figured again here but England's approach is no longer from the dark ages. "In the middle patches we couldn't get any wickets and Root and Morgan took the game away from us", he said. "The batsmen did well, but it's true that we could have taken another bowler in the team", the Bangladesh captain began. He fell caught at deep mid-wicket trying to hit Sabbir Rahman for a six.

Instead, he said he wanted that balance to the attack because of the pitch, and because Bangladesh play spin better than seam. Opener Alex Hales missed the century by five runs but his 159-run second wicket stand set the tone for the match. Overall, this is only the fifth instance of a 300-plus target chased losing two or fewer wickets - twice by Sri Lanka, one each by India, Pakistan and England.

It just goes to show that poor form does not only mess with the way a batsman hits the ball, but also the decisions that are made.

As promised, Stokes turned up early for a fitness test and was deemed healthy enough to play his part with the ball.

"It was really good to see the way Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and even Virat Kohli in the first match against New Zealand bat", Laxman said.

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