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Sunday 9th June 2019

Cricket World Cup: England beat Bangladesh in Cardiff

England piled on their highest World Cup total in a 106-run defeat of Bangladesh that got their bid to lift the trophy for the first time back on track.

The hosts amassed 386-6 in Cardiff, thanks mainly to Jason Roy's powerful 153, the second-best score by an England batsman in the competition.

Jonny Bairstow made 51 and Jos Buttler an action-packed 64, but a hip injury sustained when batting prevented Buttler from keeping wicket.

If that was a small negative in what was a mainly strong response to the defeat by Pakistan, so too was some of England's bowling, with Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid below their best.

Shakib Al Hasan took advantage with a doughty 121, an innings that made him the tournament's leading runscorer.

However, the required run rate was never under control and Bangladesh were bowled out for 280, with Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes each taking three wickets.

With two wins from their three matches, England go above Australia into second but remain behind New Zealand who top of the table on six points, after the Kiwis' seven-wicket win over Afghanistan.

Eoin Morgan's men now have almost a week to wait for their next game, against West Indies in Southampton on Friday.

Bangladesh, with one win and two defeats, are eighth in the 10-team table and play Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday.


Cricket World Cup: England beat South Africa by 104 runs in opener

Regularly bowling in excess of 90mph, Archer - playing only his fourth one-day international - took 3-27 and hit Hashim Amla on the helmet to force him to temporarily retire hurt.

After Stokes took an amazing one-handed catch on the boundary to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo, South Africa were dismissed for 207 to lose by 104 runs.

Stokes earlier made 89 and Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hit half-centuries to take England to 311-8, a total that seemed no better than par.

Quinton de Kock's 68 had South Africa in the hunt at 129-2, but he pulled Liam Plunkett to long leg to become the first of three wickets to fall for 15 runs.

When Stokes took two wickets in two balls, the world number ones and favourites completed an ideal start to the tournament.


England v Pakistan: Chris Woakes takes five wickets as hosts seal 4-0 series win

England comfortably defeated Pakistan in their final one-day international before the World Cup to complete a 4-0 series victory.

Joe Root's 84 and 76 from captain Eoin Morgan helped lift the home side to 351-9, a total that looked like being much higher after a rapid start at Headingley.

Pakistan seemed all but beaten after Chris Woakes' new-ball burst reduced them to 6-3, only for Babar Azam (80) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) to share a partnership of 146.

But Babar was run out by a clever flick from Adil Rashid and Sarfaraz was brilliantly run out by Jos Buttler, either side of Rashid's flying catch to dismiss Shoaib Malik off his bowling.

With Woakes going on to claim 5-54, the tourists were dismissed for 297 to lose by 54 runs.

England will name their World Cup squad on Tuesday, then play two warm-up games that do not have ODI status, against Australia next Saturday and Afghanistan the following Monday.

They open the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.