Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

England hauled in Bangladesh's 305-6 by scoring 308-2 with 16 balls to spare in a brilliant start to the eighth championship.

A green-tinged pitch did not find favour with England captain Eoin Morgan but even on more placid surfaces the issue of how best to bat under grey skies, which can often set in all day in England, as many a fan knows, remains.

Woakes bowled two overs in the eight-wicket one-day-international win over Bangladesh before leaving the field.

Meanwhile, England are heading into the tournament having won six of their last seven ODI series, including the last three in a row.

But that did no harm to their chase as Eoin Morgan got the chase going along with a Root in sublime touch. But a partnership of 159 runs between Alex Hales and Joe Root provided the resistance to hosts.

"Alex Hales isn't going to score slowly".

Root, who appeared in discomfort after setting off for a run on 59, said: "It looks like it is just a bit of cramp".

Bangladesh bowlers have not much to take back from the game as Mashrafe Mortaza and Shabbir Rahman could manage to pick one wicket each of the English batting.

"Actually, we took the decision so that the batsman could play with more freedom".

Tamim, who made a brilliant 128 batting first, seemed to have taken a spectacular catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan as England came out to bat but replays showed that the ball was in fact grounded while the Bangladesh player tried to complete a hard catch.

Earlier, Tamim Iqbal's superb hundred helped take Bangladesh to 305/6, the left-hander receiving excellent support from Mushfiqur Rahim (79) in a third-wicket partnership of 166.

England kicked off the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday at the Oval in London. The next two balls from Stokes did not quite fit the plan as they were full on Kayes' pads, the first of the whipped to the square-leg fence which is where the slip had come from.

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. Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed in the sunshine but the lefthander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11fours.

The 28-year-old, who drove Ali for another soaring straight six, fell when wicket-keeper Jos Buttler held a skied pull off Plunkett.

Mushfiqur's innings was a gem, his 48-ball 50 brought up with his fourth four when he drove Root past mid-off to also complete the century stand.

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