World Cup 2019 England set 387 run target against Bangladesh

Chris Woakes (18) and Liam Plunkett (25) went on a rampage in the last few overs to help England post a massive 386/6 in 50 overs against Bangladesh. Eoin Morgan (35) and Ben Stokes (6) departed in quick succession to dent England’s hopes of posting the first 400+ score of the tournament. Jason Roy scored 153 at the top of the order. Mashrafe Mortaza claimed the wicket of Jonny Bairstow (51) after a 128-run opening partnership and Saifuddin claimed the wicket of Joe Root (21). After a cautious start against left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, England openers dominated Bangladesh bowlers. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on 128 runs for the first wicket. Roy did the bulk of scoring, reaching his half-century in just 38 deliveries and his century in 92 deliveries. Jos Buttler played through some physical discomfort to score 64, in the process scoring the joint fastest fifty of this World Cup. Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to field first.

Bangladesh, who will need to chase down 387 for victory, are no longer the minnow it once was and has more caps in the team than England has. It is a gnarled, experienced lineup that can beat anyone. They’ve started the World Cup well, outclassing South Africa in an opening victory and then falling to a two-wicket loss to New Zealand in the most exciting match of the tournament so far.

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