England opener Jason Roy announced himself at the Cricket World Cup 2019 by an outstanding 153 as England registered a dominating win over Bangladesh by 106 runs at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Sunday.
Asked to bat first, England were cautious in the first few overs, but once set, there was no looking back. England posted a mammoth 386 runs on the board and then returned on the field to dismiss Bangladesh for 280 in 48.5 overs, despite a courageous effort from all rounder Shakib Al Hasan who made 121 runs.
This was England’s second win in three matches after their 14-run loss to Pakistan in their second match. The hosts had beaten South Africa by 104 runs in the first match of the Cricket World Cup 2019.
Opener Roy laid the foundation of a big England total by being involved in two crucial partnerships – 128 for the opening wicket and 77 for the second wicket along with Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root, respectively.
England then finished with a flurry, courtesy a good little cameo from Eoin Morgan along with a quick fire half century from Jos Buttler, as they helped England successfully post the first ever 350 plus total in this tournament.
This also happened to be England’s best ever total in World Cup as they surpassed the 338 runs they had scored to tie the game against India in 2011.
It was Shakib alone who showed some kind of positive intent and helped Bangladesh stay in the hunt. Shakib’s efforts helped Bangladesh cross the 200-run mark in the 37th over but once he departed there was no real intent shown by other batsmen and Bangladesh were never really in the chase as wickets kept tumbling and the required run rate showing impossible numbers.
This was Bangladesh’s second defeat in three games, their lone victory also coming against South Africa in their first match.
Bangladesh meet Sri Lanka next on the 12th while England meet West Indies on the 15th in their World Cup campaigns.
Brief Scorecard: England 386-6 ( Jason Roy 153; Jos Buttler 64; Mehedy Hasan 2/67)
Bangladesh 280-10 (Shakib Al Hasan 121; Mushfiqur Rahim 44; Jofra Archer 3/29; Ben Stokes 3/23)