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Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England”

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Aside from the four players from the Proteas, England have three representatives including captain Joe Root, Australia have two but not their skipper Steve Smith while India and New Zealand have a solitary player each.

England suffered an early loss as Mustafizur Rahman took an exceptional catch of Jason Roy on the bowl of Mashrafe Mortaza.

With his top-of-the-order aggression and rapid strike rate, Jason Roy has been an emblem of England's new-found positivity in one-day cricket over the last two years.

Asked which of Bangladesh's first opponents worry him most, Mashrafe said: "All 11 - England are a very good side". But Mehedi Hasan, who top-scored for the Tigers with 24, said they still believed they could beat England.

That Bangladesh qualified for the event ahead of the West Indies, the 2004 winners and current T20 world champions, underlines the team's quality. "We don't get to play Pakistan too many times these days, so whenever we do play a match, it's always great fun and great challenge".

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Australia last lifted the ICC Champions Trophy eight years ago in South Africa. And after then, England is a totally different team.

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"We are fully focussed on the brand of cricket we want to play and we are taking it as a normal game".

Irfan, who was part of the victorious India side which lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013, said the mantra of success in English conditions is to hit the seam well, which he felt the in-form Indian pacers, led by Mohammed Shami, are capable of.

The finals will also be held the Oval, on June 18, 2017.

England will need to harness all of their talents to do so and for all that Roy and Alex Hales will need to be at their best, Morgan continue his recent good form and Stokes and Jos Buttler fire, it will be England's bowling that could surprise.

However one day after England slipped to 20-6 in the third ODI against South Africa, Bangladesh collapsed to 22-6 before losing to India by 240 runs.

"We will see how he pulls up tomorrow to see how much he will bowl", said Morgan.

England prevailed too in Bangladesh previous year, when they had to dig deep for a 2-1 series verdict, and Mashrafe is not about to proclaim his team's victory prospects this time.



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