Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

The way Bangladesh began their innings, it looked like a matter of time before England scythed through this batting lineup and picked up a comfortable win - there was no intent, with survival, in the first ten overs, the only plan. However later it was renamed as ICC Champions Trophy in 2002. Tamim, more assured in his play now, peppered the fence and went over it when the opportunity beckoned.

"I think we can expect to see more of what we have been seeing over the previous year from South Africa in this tournament - a fearless brand of cricket", concluded the Proteas skipper.

0 Number of 300-plus totals by Bangladesh against England before this game.

England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first against shaky Bangladesh, expecting a "little bit from the wicket" in early morning start.

However, when questioned by media, he tried to play it down by saying that there is no rift in the team and whatever is being said were rumours.

Bangladesh return to the Oval to face Australia on June 5, with England continuing their Group A campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff the following day.

As the pair went past their 100-run alliance, the runrate started to climb rapidly.

Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions.

Pre-match, Morgan said Roy would retain his place for the entire tournament, regardless of form. Hardly any England bowler offered any resistance to Iqbal who played his shots freely after bringing up his fifty. When asked about the importance of the tournament Laxman differed from his former teammate's comment.

However, what Bangladesh showed with this batting innings is that they aren't in this Champions Trophy just to make up the numbers.

England suffered a humiliating collapse as they were 20 for 6 against South Africa in the last match of three-match series, while Bangladesh were 22 for 6 against India in the warm-up game.

"When the world's top eight teams are competing for one trophy, it's going to be very competitive".

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