Rampant Roy leads England to handsome win over Bangladesh

Rampant Roy leads England to handsome win over Bangladesh

Roy scored the third century by an English batsman in the tournament so far. With the batsman completely beaten by the unplayable delivery, the ball ended up hitting the top of the off-stump.

Shakib, who had hit fifties in a win over South Africa and a loss to New Zealand this World Cup, was eventually yorked by Ben Stokes to leave Bangladesh on the brink of defeat.

However, Eoin Morgan's side, now No 1 in the ODI rankings, have been relentless since, as evidenced by Roy and Bairstow's 128-run stand in 19 overs as Bangladesh's decision to bowl seven overs of Shakib's spin in the first 15 did not fluster the openers.

The in-form Roy completed a 92-ball century in freakish fashion when, not looking, he collided with umpire Joel Wilson as he completed what should have been a single to take him to 97, only for Mithun at deep square leg to misfield a ball for four.

He was finally caught by Mashrafe off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 153, holing out after hitting three sixes in a row off the bowler.

England posted its highest total at a World Cup and blasted 14 sixes, one of them from Jos Buttler (64 off 44 balls) clearing the stadium, going through the trees and landing somewhere near the River Taff running parallel to Sophia Gardens. "But hopefully we can play well and overcome it", said Morgan.

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Jofra Archer, admittedly with the aid of a strong wind that was mainly blowing behind him in Cardiff, bowled the fastest opening spell ever recorded by an England bowler in an ODI, averaging 145.89kph (90.7mph).

Roy's innings of 153 from 121 balls was brutal in its efficiency and his air of calm objective as he butchered Bangladesh's bowling to all parts of Sophia Gardens' oblong-shaped field spread to the rest of the team as England turned in an exemplary performance. "Playing an extra quick might be helpful in these conditions".

Morgan (35) and Stokes (6) then fell in the space of three balls - skying Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman respectively - only for Plunkett and Woakes to run amok at the death.

"It's not a bad toss to lose, once the grass comes off the wicket [the condition] will stay the same all day", he said.

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Bangladesh had not made any changes in the team since their match against the Black Caps.

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