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Jason Roy Smashes 153 As England Beat Bangladesh In World Cup Match


CARRDIFF (England)– England achieved their highest World Cup total in a 106-run defeat of Bangladesh that got their bid to lift the trophy for the first time back on track.

The hosts amassed 386-6 in Cardiff, thanks mainly to Jason Roy’s powerful 153, the second-best score by an England batsman in the competition.

Jonny Bairstow made 51 and Jos Buttler an action-packed 64, but a hip injury sustained when batting prevented Buttler from keeping.

If that was a small negative in what was a mainly strong response to the defeat by Pakistan, so too was some of England’s bowling, with Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid below their best.

Shakib Al Hasan took advantage with a doughty 121, an innings that made him the tournament’s leading runscorer.

However, the required rate was never under control and Bangladesh were bowled out for 280, with Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes each taking three wickets.

With two wins from their three matches, England join Australia and New Zealand at the top of the table on four points, albeit with the Kiwis’ game against Afghanistan still ongoing.

Eoin Morgan’s men now have almost a week to wait for their next game, against West Indies in Southampton on Friday.

Bangladesh, with one win and two defeats, are eighth in the 10-team table and play Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday.

England entered the World Cup as favourites, but were chastened in the loss to Pakistan, a game in which they were visibly agitated as well as being sloppy in the field.

If expectations were beginning to weigh heavy, there were few signs on a sunny and blustery day in Cardiff. For the most part, this was much more like the England team that has climbed to the top of the world rankings.

Bangladesh had humbled England in their two previous World Cup meetings, most famously in Adelaide four years ago to condemn them to a first-round exit.

They are no longer minnows of the game, either. They were impressive in defeating South Africa and pushed New Zealand close.

Bar Shakib, they were disappointing. Giving away the opportunity to bat first on a true pitch, their bowling was toothless, fielding untidy and tactics muddled.

England reaped the benefit. Their batsmen exploited the unusual dimensions of the ground and, after Archer removed Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar in a spell where he touched 95mph, the chase was never on.