Cardiff, June 9: England cruised to a 106-run win against Bangladesh in Cardiff and their captain, Eoin Morgan, was full of praise for his team as they bounced back from their loss to Pakistan.
The game started off with England being put into bat and the openers, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, put on a 128-run stand.
“ The opening stand really did lay a solid platform," said Morgan. "I don't think it was that easy up front. I don't think the ball came on to bat a lot. The first four or five overs
proved that; we didn't really go anywhere. We were trying to score runs, but we didn't go anywhere.
“I thought Jason and Jonny were outstanding. They assessed conditions well. They waited for the bad ball. Waited for themselves to impose themselves in the innings,
and 128 is a considerable standard,” he said.
Roy was singled out for praise by Morgan after his 153 (121) which allowed England to post a massive score of 386/6, a record score on this ground and England’s highest ever total at Cricket World Cups.
“To be honest, it's a luxury having Roy in the team people in the general… talk about scoring hundreds. He's an exception to the rule that just goes on and gets big scores,
and it can range from 140 or 180, and the rate he gets it at, just he's so difficult to defend. He scores all the way around the ground. He takes really good bowlers down, as well.
He hits good balls for boundaries. So, he's great to have on the side, particularly when he's in this form," Morgan said.
One slight concern for England going forward is the fitness of Jos Buttler. England’s wicket keeper didn’t field in this game after experiencing tightness in his right hip.
Morgan says he is not overly concerned, an ICC report said.
“There's no serious concern at the moment. He's obviously going to be monitored over the next 48 hours, but at the moment, it was more precautionary rather than unable to do his job,” Morgan added.