England's sublime batting secures opening Champions Trophy victory

England cricket team skipper Eoin Morgan said on Thursday that the side injury suffered by all-rounder Chris Woakes was a major concern after his team crushed Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.

England pulled off the highest successful run chase in Champions Trophy history when they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening match at The Oval on Thursday.

Even in such ideal conditions for batting, Bangladesh's total was enough to pressure England, especially after Roy was dismissed.

"He's been very impressive for us over the last couple of years, a mainstay and a very reliable guy", the England captain added. "There were no signs of my side being tight or sore before the game yesterday, so it's just one of those things and you have to take it on the chin". While Soumya Sarkar fell for 28, Tamim Iqbal batted superbly for his 128 and put Bangladesh in a commanding position.

Earlier, Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal hit a stylish hundred, guiding Bangladesh to a competitive 305 for six against England.

Meanwhile, Morgan reiterated his faith in the out-of-form Jason Roy, who made just a single before he was well caught by Mustafizur Rahman trying to ramp Mashrafe Mortaza over short fine leg. He started off really well and conceded just 4 runs in the two over he bowled.

Subsequently, Mushfiqur Rahim steadied his side's innings by scoring a crucial 72-ball 79 runs to help Bangladesh cross 300-run mark. But soon, Plunkett dismissed both batsmen in back to back balls in the 45th over.

Root also suffered an injury scare when he damaged his calf early in his innings but he made light of the problem to post his highest one-day global score.

But as the runs kept coming, an increasingly frustrated Stokes exchanged words with Tamim and mockingly patted him on the shoulder at the end of the 32nd over, with umpires Rod Tucker and S Ravi intervening to calm tempers.

The batsmen had crossed and next ball Mushfiqur carelessly holed out to long-off, with Bangladesh only managing a relatively modest 43 off the last five overs.

Stokes made up most of the shortfall as it became clear Woakes would not bowl again, but Root's part-time spin was needed too. "You want to make sure you contribute to England wins but when it is in a Champions Trophy or a World Cup they mean a lot more".

Root did hit one six, depositing a Rubel Hossain delivery into the stands, but only after he had brought up his 10th one-day century and wanted to control the asking rate. Humbled by New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia and finally Bangladesh the English crashed out of the tournament at the group stages.

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