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Joe Root braves calf trouble, hits match-winning 10th ODI ton vs Bangladesh

Joe Root played the perfect anchor with a career-best, unbeaten 133 to carry England to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:55 IST
HT Correspondent
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England's Joe Root celebrates his century vs Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener.(REUTERS)

Joe Root put on another masterful show in scoring a brilliant century to guide England to a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener at the Oval in London on Thursday. (ENG v BAN HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

Root, ranked fifth in the ICC One-day standings, played the perfect anchor with a career-best, unbeaten 133 to carry the hosts to an eight-wicket victory. The new England Test skipper reached his 10th ODI century in 115 balls on a good pitch.

The England No 3 walked in when England were in a spot of bother at 6/1 in the third over while chasing the 305/6 set by Bangladesh in the Group A game.

Rooted in tradition

England have been boosted by players who have embraced limited-overs cricket, but Root’s more conventional approach again gave solidity. He didn’t play any flashy stroke and ran most of his runs, hitting only six fours in his hundred. He hit 11 fours and a six.

This is Root’s second century of 2017. He scored a magnificent 101 against West Indies at Bridgetown in March.

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“There’s a lot of confidence in the dressing room, we back each other and it rubs off on everyone,” Root said after the win. (Plan was) making sure we had plenty of wickets in hand at the back end, (and) one of the top four being not out between 70 and 100, we did a really good job.”

Root braves calf trouble

Root seemed to be in some discomfort in the later stages of his innings. He said: “The ankle’s all right, it’s more of a calf issue, hopefully just bad cramp.”

He combined well with Alex Hales (95) for a 159-run second wicket partnership, and then another century-run stand, an unbeaten 143-run partnership, with skipper Eoin Morgan to take England home.

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The Yorkshire batsman had got starts but not converted them into big ones coming into the tournament. He scored 37, 39 and 2 in the ODIs against South Africa, a preparatory series for the ICC Champions Trophy which England won 2-1.

Before that he had scored 49 not out and 73 against Ireland in a two-match series, which England won 2-0.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 23:39 IST