Roy, Buttler power England to 386

Roy, Buttler power England to 386

Roy, Buttler power England to 386

The 12th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played today between hosts England and Bangladesh at Cardiff at 2-30 PM (PST).

Tournament favourites England, whose rise to the top of the one-day global rankings since Bangladesh knocked them out of the 2015 World Cup has been based on aggressive batting, lived up to his words.

Shakib and Tamim Iqbal put together a 55-run partnership before the latter departed for just 19 when, under pressure, he went for a big shot but gave a simple catch to Eoin Morgan.

The only downside for England was a hip injury to Jos Buttler, which will be assessed on Sunday. Pakistan went on to win that game, putting pressure on the tournament hosts heading to the Welsh capital.

Roy and his opening partner Bairstow (51) ended up stitching a 128-run opening stand.

Roy settled any nerves that were left over from the defeat by Pakistan by negotiating the tricky early overs from Shakib before going on to make his ninth one-day worldwide hundred and the highest score of the World Cup so far.

He was finally caught by Mashrafe off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 153, holing out after hitting three sixes in a row off the bowler.

Morgan (35) and Stokes (6) then fell in the space of three balls - skying Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman respectively - only for Plunkett and Woakes to run amok at the death.

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.

Roy eventually raised his bat to rapturous applause from his team-mates and fans as he became the third England player to reach a ton in this summer's tournament.

Shakib completed his eighth ODI hundred, and first against England, from 95 balls but when he was yorked by Stokes in the 40th over, any faint hopes Bangladesh had of victory were extinguished, Stokes and Archer subsequently dispatching the lower order.

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