Cardiff, Jun 8 : A tremendous knock by Jason Roy (153 runs off 121 balls) and exemplary batting by other batsmen powered England to post a mammoth total of 386 runs here at Sophia Gardens on Saturday.
After being invited to bat, England got off to a flying start as the opening pair of Jason and Bairstow thrashed Bangladesh bowlers and added 128 runs for the first wicket.Finally, in the 19.1 over, Bangladesh got a chance to quench their wicket thirst, when Mashrafe Mortaza sent Bairstow back to the hut on a score of 51 runs off 50 balls.
Later, Joe Root, who joined Roy after Bairstow dismissal supported from the other end and the duo stitched a 77-run-partnership for the second wicket. Root (21) was heading towards a big total, but unfortunately his journey came to an end in the 31.3 over, when Mohammad Saifuddin showed him the way to pavilion. With this wicket Bangladesh got a relief as Root is in excellent form, and would have been proven dangerous, if he had managed to stay on the crease.Soon, Roy journey also came to an end when he departed in the 34.4 over leaving England on a score of 253/3. He was caught by Mashrafe Mortaza on Mehedi Hasan's ball. Roy inning included 14 fours and 5 sixes.
After 34.4 over, Jos Butller and Eoin Morgan played handsomely and kept the scoreboard running. The duo stitched a 95-run-partnership for the fourth wicket. Butller did his job brilliantly for the middle order and scored 64 runs off 43 balls with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes before falling to Saifuddin. On the other hand, Morgan too scored runs for his team and scored 35 runs off 32 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes.
Like other batsmen Ben stokes couldn't score much and was dismissed on a score of 6 runs in 47.1 over, when the hosts were on a respectable score of 341 runs.Both Cris Woakes (46*) and Liam plunkett (27*) added 45 runs in the last three overs and took England to 386 runs.For Bangladesh, Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan took two wickets while Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman took one wicket apiece. (UNI)