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Both batsmen, however, fell in successive balls from Liam Plunkett to leave Bangladesh 261 for four in the 45th over.

And they are more than capable of achieving that goal given the ability they have at their disposal, combined with a hunger fuelled by coming so close to a triumph on the big stage in the shortest form in India.

England's Chris Woakes has been sent for a scan on a side strain and is a "worry" for the rest of the Champions Trophy, says captain Eoin Morgan. "He'll definitely play", Morgan said.

Joe Root, who scored his 10th ODI hundred, was thrilled at helping England get its Champions Trophy campaign off to an emphatic start.

However, England calmly went about their reply and composed knocks from Root and Alex Hales (95) saw them complete the highest chase in the tournament's history with 16 balls to spare. "A lot of the performances that we have put together as a team over the last couple of years have been formidable against some very strong sides, so we're looking forward to it as much as anybody", said Morgan.

Medium pacer Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers for England, taking four wickets in his 10 overs and conceding 59 runs.

He had played 41 of England's previous 44 one-day internationals leading up to the Champions Trophy, so it was odd when Eoin Morgan said they had made a horses-for-courses choice.

It is easy to say that Roy needs to be more circumspect in his approach - and it was a high-risk shot, attempted early in his innings, which led to his downfall - but that is neither his role in the side nor his natural game.


Root constructed his innings cautiously as they were chasing a total of 306 and opener Jason Roy departed cheaply. I can see why Morgan said what he said on Wednesday, backing Roy ahead of Jonny Bairstow because he wants to alleviate the pressure from his players.

The right-handed batsman's match-winning century ensured Tamim Iqbal's calm and composed ODI century for Bangladesh went in vain.

But Morgan, who gave Roy a resounding vote of confidence in his pre-match news conference, made it clear he would keep his place for England's next Group A fixture against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday.

"It was quite smart, bowling a slow ball, and courageous. a big gamble".

Woakes was part of a four-pronged pace attack after Adil Rashid was left out to deny Bangladesh much spin. But that sort of stuff can happen. "But we believe in him".

Bangladesh (playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.

"After Tamim got out, then Mushfiqur, the next ball, that was the problem for us", he said.

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