Root fires England to easy win over Bangladesh

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHAREcenter_img cricket June 01, 2017 Joe Root shrugged off an ankle injury to hit a superb unbeaten 133 and lead England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the opening Champions Trophy game at The Oval on Thursday.Alex Hales made 95 and captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out as hosts England overhauled their target of 306 with 16 balls to spare, the highest successful run-chase in the tournament’s history.The day had started badly for England, bidding to win their first global 50-over trophy, when all-rounder Chris Woakes limped off due to a side strain after bowling two overs.Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent 128 and shared a 166-run partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim to push Bangladesh to a competitive total of 305 for six.Jason Roy’s wretched run continued when he was brilliantly caught at short fine leg for one but Root and Hales calmed England’s nerves with a second-wicket partnership of 159.Hales was the chief aggressor but straight after hitting a four and a six off consecutive balls from Sabbir Rahman he fell five runs short of his century, caught at deep mid-wicket.Root, hobbling between the wickets, manoeuvred the ball around calmly and he and Morgan were always in control of the chase in an unbroken partnership of 143.Root posted his 10th one-day international century, off 115 deliveries, and hit one six and 11 fours in his highest score in this format of the game.Morgan had won the toss in sunny conditions and asked Bangladesh to bat, but Tamim and Soumya Sarkar carefully added 56 for the first wicket before the latter was caught on the cover point boundary for 28.Imrul Kayes, on 19, was brilliantly caught by a diving Mark Wood at mid on but Mushfiqur and Tamim gradually accelerated the scoring rate with crisp strokes around the ground to wild cheers from the pockets of flag-waving Bangladesh fans in a lively crowd.Ben Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed but the left-hander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11 fours.Tamim skied Liam Plunkett to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Mushfiqur was caught in the deep for 79 off the next ball, allowing England to restrict the boundary flow in the closing overs and keep the Bangladesh total down.Australia and New Zealand are the other teams in Group A with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.last_img read more

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How can qualifiers help Brazil’s World Cup dream?

first_imgWC Qualification South America With Russia 2018 assured, how can the remaining qualifiers help Brazil’s World Cup dream? Raisa Simplicio 23:35 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coutinho Brasil vs Ecuador WC Qualification South America Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia Despite already securing their place at next year’s tournament with time to spare these last three games still mean a great deal for the Selecao Even with qualification for the World Cup next year in the bag, Brazil coach Tite will not slacken the pace he demands of his players. Indeed, after a year focused wholly on securing passage to Russia 2018, the trainer now wants attentions turned wholly on the tournament itself and has publicly stated that, for his team, the World Cup has already begun. With a large part of the squad that will travel to Russia already decided, Tite left a message that was heard clearly by his players during a press conference prior to beating Ecuador on Thursday.READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-Ecuador”The World Cup has already kicked off. The team should feel the pressure. I want to see my players under pressure, I want the team to play well, showing strong performances, I want to find the balance between joy and responsibility,” he underlined.  Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina As well as showing Tite’s commitment to a strong World Cup showing, the qualifiers still have great value for the Selecao. First of all, with so few games scheduled in preparation for next year’s tournament, these last CONMEBOL clashes are a terrific shop window for anyone looking to restate their case for a place in the Russia squad. Also, after breaking several records in their last nine qualifiers, all of which ended in victory, Brazil can still reach other landmarks such as recording the best qualifying campaign in history since the current format was introduced for the 1998 World Cup. Tite Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Winning the next three games against Colombia, Bolivia and Chile, the side will reach 45 points, smashing the milestone set by Marcelo Bielsa’s Argentina who for the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan took a total of 42 points.The team could even break a record already held by a previous Selecao. In the 2010 qualifiers Dunga’s men conceded just 11 goals; right now Brazil stand on 10, meaning three more clean sheets would see that mark shattered.Neymar Gabriel Jesus Dani Alves Brasil Argentina Eliminatorias 2018 10112016But, aside from those statistical considerations, the big motivation comes in the fight for places in this supremely talented Brazil side. Tite has made it clear that he will be judging not merely on the games themselves, but also on attitude shown in training when he puts together his squad. Brazil have come to a point where Tite has the chance to decide who is really committed to the project for the next World Cup. Players who have received a chance to shine, as is the case for Alex Sandro and Jemerson, late call-ups to the current squad, need to take what may be their only chance to make an impact on the coach and leave Tite with pause for thought. With 36 points so far, Brazil have three more qualifiers to continue their Russia preparations. The Selecao take on Colombia and Bolivia away from home and close their campaign finally in Sao Paulo against Chile.last_img read more

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