Roy’s 153 lifts England to victory | Sunday Observer

Roy’s 153 lifts England to victory

England’s Jason Roy collides with umpire Joel Wilson (AFP)
England’s Jason Roy collides with umpire Joel Wilson (AFP)

CARDIF: Jason Roy’s 153 took England to 386 for six as the home team posted the highest total of the World Cup so far to beat Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

Bangladesh in the run chase were all out for 280 as Roy’s innings also replaced Rohit Sharma’s 122 not out for India as the highest individual score of this World Cup to date.

England hit 14 sixes and 28 fours in their innings, with Chris Woakes (18 not out) an Liam Plunkett (27 not out) piling on the agony with an unbroken stand of 45 in just 17 balls.

England were sent in to bat by Tigers captain Mashrafe Mortaza on a green-tinged pitch but Roy and Jonny Bairstow (51) seized the initiative, sharing a rapid first-wicket stand of 128.

Jos Buttler, who survived an lbw review first ball, then followed up with a dashing 64 featuring four sixes -- including a huge straight hit off Mossadek Hossain that sailed into the River Taff.

Both Roy and Bairstow have come unstuck against slow bowling in this tournament so it was no surprise when left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan opened the bowling.

Bairstow fell after completing a 48-ball fifty, well caught by Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the covers off Mashrafe to give the Bangladesh skipper his first wicket of this World Cup.

The in-form Roy completed a 92-ball century in bizarre fashion when, not looking, he collided with umpire Joel Wilson as he completed what should have been a single that turned in to a boundary.