Roy century sets up England World Cup win over Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Martin Guptill Action Images via Reuters  Andrew Couldridge

Roy century sets up England World Cup win over Bangladesh

They could only make 244 against New Zealand on the same ground, with Shakib-al-Hasan scoring 64 at almost a run a ball but no other batsman being able to cross 30.

It would be a surprise if Bangladesh did not start the England innings with the off-spin of Mehidy Hasan given both Jonny Bairstow (v South Africa) and Jason Roy (v Pakistan) have been out cheaply to spinners operating with a new ball in the first couple of games.

England revived their title hopes on Saturday by crushing Bangladesh, posting their highest World Cup total to overcome their Bangladesh hoodoo in style.

Archer bowled opener Soumya Sarkar with a handsome delivery that clipped the top of off stump and finished his first spell having conceded just 14 runs of his five overs.

"He's very intimidating to play against as when he does score runs the impact that it has on the opposing team is quite significant", explained the England captain.

England would not like to admit they were needled by Pakistan's verbals but are wary that Bangladesh have previous form for similar, specifically during an ill-tempered 2016 defeat in Dhaka. But more noteworthy was the ball travelling so quickly, it hit the top of the stumps and sailed over the boundary rope behind the wicketkeeper on the full.

Pre-World Cup predictions suggested a run-fest in England and Wales but so far fans have witnessed a balanced contest between bat and ball. "I'm extremely happy", he said. I think we should make plans in this regard.

Roy had a particularly poor game against Pakistan having fielded poorly before he played across the line and was plumb lbw to Shadab Khan. "But we played some really good cricket, two guys scored a hundred and we almost chased down 350", he added.

"Everything comes back to focusing on ourselves, how we win games of cricket and get the best out of ourselves".

Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 107 for the third wicket before Mushfiqur fell six short of his 50, but Shakib's eighth ODI century kept Bangladesh in with an outside chance.

He took heart from how Bangladesh had almost defended a target of 245 against New Zealand, saying the team were in good spirits as they prepared to face England.

The England captain insists his side are not overlooking the threat of Bangladesh, who started their campaign by beating beleaguered South Africa last weekend at the Oval and pushed New Zealand close before losing by two wickets at the same venue on Wednesday. Bangladesh has one victory from three and plays Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

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