admin Mar.14, 2016 No Comment
Tamim Iqbal made history and took Bangladesh into the next round of the World T20 with his hundred. Sabbir Rahman too contributed with 44 from 26 balls.
It allowed Tamim to feel comfortable enough to take his chances and runs began flowing freely. He reached his half-century off 35 balls and celebrated it with a massive six over long-off as Bangladesh’s 100 came in the 13th over. Led by an unbeaten 63-ball 103 from Tamim Iqbal, proved too strong and ensured there would be no continuation of the team’s fairytale run.
Oman’s chase was marred by two rain interruptions after which the target was revised to 120 in 12 overs. Oman managed to bat through its innings, but didn’t come close to the target, ending on 65 for 9 to subside to a 54-run loss via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
More than the number of runs Tamim has scored, Bangladesh will be happy with the manner in which he has batted according to situation. Against Netherlands, when wickets were tumbling at the other end, he took his time, paced his innings and made an invaluable 83 not out. In the following rain-curtailed match against Ireland, he unleashed the avatar he is known for, smashing a quickfire 47.
On Sunday (March 13), Tamim combined the two approaches to perfection. He gave himself a little bit of time to settle down on a slow pitch, before opening up for a relentless attack.
Shakib’s 4 for 15 were his best figures in T20Is, and the smile on his face was good news for Bangladesh. As much as the team had enjoyed Tamim’s batting form, they needed their best player to find his all-round form ahead of the main draw.
It was a great position to be in, and the perfect platform for the carnage that followed. Oman unleashed a barrage of spinners but Tamim and Sabbir countered them by stepping out and hitting sixes down the ground.