Well the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 finally arrived and started the other day with games in London at The Oval, in Cardiff and at Edgbaston. As hosts England kicked off the tournament with a game against the massive underdogs Bangladesh. Saying that they are here this time around ahead of the West Indies due to the rankings last year when the teams were finalised.
England vs Bangladesh
Cracking game to start the tournament with more than 600 runs scored and an outstanding performance from Joe Root. Root finished on 133 off just 129 balls whilst Hales made 95 and captain Morgan finishing unbeaten on 75 as they chased down Bangladesh’s 305-6.
Tamim was the top scorer for Bangladesh with his 128 at the top of the innings whilst Plunkett was England’s best bowler with 4-59. The atmosphere sounded great on TV and when a game is close it makes for a more entertaining game. Great start!
New Zealand vs Australia
The second game then started with an all Southern Hemisphere clash between rivals NZ and AUS. The Kiwis won the toss and their best player and captain Williamson opted to bat first. NZ’s team was well-balanced with no real surprises, Aus however had filled their side with three quickies and four all rounders.
No surprise then it was Williamson and previous captain Taylor who had a great partnership, Taylor went just before getting to 50 but that didn’t stop Williamson himself. He got to his 100 but just as he did he got ran out after some fantastic work from both Henriques and Cummings. NZ then collapsed from 255-3 to 291 all out off just 45 overs. Then the rain kicked in.
After an hour and a half the players finally came out again but Australia could only get to 53-3 before the rain started again and eventually the match was abandoned. At that point with the scores the way they were either team could have won. One point each.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa
At The Oval, SL won the toss and decided to bowl. Mathews was missing but Malinga was back for first 50 overs match in two years. SA had found a bit of form in their last warm up game before the tournament started against England and had a stable team to start.
They had an okay start too before de Kock went for 23 with SA on 44. Amla and du Plessis kicked on massively though and the next wicket to finally fall was that of du Plessis for 75 when they were on 189. Amla made a 100 not long after but by this point the rest of his team mates were struggling for runs. They tried to kick on but wickets kept tumbling under the pressure of not scoring and they finally finished on probably a just about par score of 299.
SL got off to a flyer but unfortunately when SA changed their bowlers after 8 over they lost finally lost a wicket on 69. More wickets tumbled then for them too at a very steady pace and then with some poor batting, poor shots selection and poor running between the wickets they collapsed. SA eventually winning by 96 runs with Imran Tahir being their stand bowler and fielder.
India vs Pakistan
The big one – where both countries back home come to a stop for 7 hours. The Indian team looked very strong with their huge and experienced batting line up. India batted after Pak won the toss and had a fantastic start with Rohit finally out for 91. He was back in his crease but was given ran out as his bat was off the floor whilst sliding in. Yuraj took over and he and Kohli carried on the heavy scoring, Panya too who 20 off 6 balls at the end of the innings. Kohli himself finished not out 81.
The Duckworth Lewis and Stern kicked in and Pakistan we set 324 to win. They tried but with no real partnership at all the win eventually came easy for India. Who bowled very well and took wickets regularly between themselves whilst sharing the wickets around. They won by 125 runs in the end so it was a very convincing win.