ICC World Cup’s most dangerous player Jason Roy hit the highest individual score of the ICC World Cup so far as England got their campaign back on track and beat Bangladesh by 106 runs in Cardiff on Saturday. Following a wonderful defeat by Pakistan, which came after England’s opening rout of South Africa, Captain Eoin Morgan advised the hosts to “STICK TO WHAT WE DO WELL”. ICC World Cup Tournament favorites England, whose rise to the top of the OD! rankings has been based on destructive batting, obviously took those words to heart.
Jason Roy’s 153 took England to an impressive 386 for six, leaving Bangladesh needing to beat Ireland’s 329-7 against England in 2011, the highest score by any team batting second to win a World Cup match. Even with Shakib Al Hasan’s 121, the Tigers were never in the chase and they were ultimately sacked for 280 with seven balls to spare.
It was great to right those wrongs
from the last game,
said man-of-the match Roy…
Jonny and myself didn’t quite know what the pitch was going to perform like so we recognized with our line-up batting the whole 50 we were going to get enough. We’ve put in a well-rounded performance so I’m tremendously happy with the boys. Bangladesh’s hunt got off to a bad start when fast bowler Jofra Archer (3-29) dismissed Soumya Sarkar for two with a ball that clipped the top of the left-hander off stump. But Shakib anchored the innings, flicking Archer for six on his way to a 95-ball century that also included nine fours. Shakib put on 106 with Mushifqur Rahim (44), a partnership that ended when Roy held a good catch at point.
However, 169-3 soon became 170-4 when Mohammad Mithun fell for a duck after edging leg-spinner Adil Rashid to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow. The Test glove man was behind the stumps after Jos Buttler hurt a hip injury during a naturally dashing 64. 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. Pace bowling all-rounder Stokes followed up to finish with figures of 3-23.
Before, Mortaza put England in on a green-tinged pitch, but Roy and Bairstow (51) seized the initiative during a rapid first-wicket stand of 128. The in-form Roy was finally caught by Mashrafe off Mehidy Hasan Miraz, holing out after hitting three towering sixes in a row off the spinner.
The Surrey batsman faced 121 balls, hitting 14 fours and five sixes as he fell just short of Andrew Strauss’s England World Cup record of 158 against India in Bangalore in 20ll. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted the total was beyond his players. He praised centurion Shakib: “From the first match he has been playing so well for us. His bowling also has been fantastic. He is performing so well at the moment.
There is a long way to go; hopefully the other players will step up. The next two or three matches will be very important for us. The round-robin group stage sees Bangladesh next play Sri Lanka at Bristol on Tuesday, with England facing the West Indies at the Oval on Friday.