Agency, 9 June : 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.
New Zealand cruise to victory over Afghanistan
New Zealand made it three wins from three as Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson found form with the ball in a seven-wicket win against Afghanistan. Neesham (5-31) and Ferguson (4-37) ran through the top and middle order as Afghanistan were bowled out for 172.
Despite losing Martin Guptill first ball and Colin Munro cheaply, New Zealand coasted to their target with 17.5 overs to spare. Captain Kane Williamson led the way with an unbeaten 79 from 99 balls.
It was a convincing win for New Zealand to go alongside their 10-wicket and two-wicket victories against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.
Williamson and Ross Taylor (48) added 89 for the third wicket, ensuring the Black Caps were well on course to win before the new permanent floodlights at Taunton could take full effect.
Afghanistan fell to their third defeat in three, falling short with the bat and proving error-prone in the field once again.
That was despite some entertaining flourishes at the top of the order from Hazratullah Zazai (34) and Noor Ali Zadran (31) and a gutsy 59 from Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Seamer Aftab Alam also showed his potential, taking all three of New Zealand’s wickets to fall.
But they were hampered by the loss of leg-spinner Rashid Khan midway through the game with a head injury, caused when he was hit on the helmet and bowled for nought after ducking into a short ball from Ferguson.
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