Before the start of the 2019 World Cup, there were many talks of mountainous scores about to be piled up and hosts England have started the trend. Despite conceding a loss in the previous game against Pakistan, the Eoin Morgan-led team came as a confident and pretty explosive unit in their third match against Bangladesh at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Jason Roy smashed phenomenal innings to lay down the foundation and the duo of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler also scored vital half-centuries, to help England reach a massive score of 386 runs. The Bangladeshi bowlers had a very difficult time in the field as all of them were dispatched for quite a few runs.
Roy and Bairstow combine together to take down the Bangladeshi bowlers
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and opted to field first as he reckoned that the pitch had been undercover for the last two days. The two England opening batsmen Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow took on the attack against the Bangladeshi new ball bowlers from the word go. They brought up the half-century stand in just eight overs. Both Roy and Bairstow continued to smack the opposition bowlers for massive cleaners. They racked up a sensational partnership of 128 runs before Bairstow got dismissed for a 50-ball 51 by Mehidy Hasan in the 20th over.
Roy smashes his 9th ODI hundred
However, even after losing his partner, Roy continued to play his natural aggressive game and continued to dispatch the Bangladeshi bowling attack. He brought up his ninth ODI century in the 27th over and looked hungry to add some more runs to his tally. The Bangladeshi captain Mashrafe Mortaza looked pretty frustrated as the English team was all set to post a massive target.
The duo comprising of Roy and Joe Root stitched an amazing stand of 77 runs for the second wicket. Roy played a staggering knock of 153 runs off 121 balls that included of 14 fours and 5 sixes. He smacked Mehidy for a hat-trick of sixes in the 35th over and also went for the fourth six, but failed to connect it successfully.
After Roy’s dismissal, it was time for Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan to entertain the Cardiff crowd. The duo joined hands for a fantastic partnership of 95 runs before Buttler got out for a quick-fire 64. England skipper Morgan also got dismissed pretty soon while attempting to up the ante. In the last three over, England lower-order batters smashed a total of 45 runs and finished with a monumental total of 386 runs in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, all the bowlers gave away too many runs in their respective spells. Saifuddin and Mehidy picked up two wickets each.
England 386/6 in 50 overs (Jason Roy-153, Jos Buttler-64, Jonny Bairstow-51; Mehidy Hasan 2/67) vs Bangladesh.