Tamim's maiden ton drives Bangladesh to Su­per 10s

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Tamim Iqbal's maiden Twenty20 cen­tury helped Bangladesh storm into the World T20 Su­per 10s with a re­sound­ing 54-run win against Oman via the Duck­worth/Lewis method in the last qual­i­fier in Dharam­sala. Put into bat in the knock­out en­counter, Bangladesh rode on Tamim's un­beaten 63-ball 103 to post 180 for two. Oman were re­stricted to 65 for nine in pur­suit of their rain re­vised tar­get of 120 in 12 overs. Tamim, who has been in blaz­ing form with scores of 83 and 47 in the first two games, be­came Bangladesh's only cen­tu­rion in T20s.

"The next stage is very im­por­tant for us. The Pak­istan game is very im­por­tant. I hope I can con­tinue the form. I fi­nally got a hun­dred, that was due," said man of the match Tamim.

The left-handed bats­man made sure Bangladesh didn't lose early wick­ets with the Oman bowlers mak­ing the ball move on a mois­ture-laden track post evening show­ers.

Mak­ing a com­posed start along with Soumya Sarkar, Tamim switched gears af­ter reg­is­ter­ing his se­cond fifty of the tour­na­ment and there was no look­ing back.

Tamim, who clob­bered 10 fours and five sixes, soon found com­pany in Sab­bir Rah­man as the duo hit the ball to all parts of the pic­turesque ground dur­ing their 92-run part­ner­ship.

Get­ting plenty of con­fi­dence from their bat­ting show, Bangladesh's bowlers picked up reg­u­lar wick­ets to flat­ten Oman's rain-hit chase.

The Sul­tan Ahmed-led side, which mostly con­sists of In­dian and Pak­istani ex­pats, never re­ally got go­ing and the two rain in­ter­ven­tions dur­ing their stop-start chase didn't help the cause ei­ther.

Shakib Al Hasan picked up four wick­ets while skip­per Mashrafe Mor­taza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hos­sain and Sab­bir bagged one each. Bangladesh will now meet hosts In­dia, Pak­istan, New Zealand and Aus­tralia in Group 2 of the Su­per 10s.

Ear­lier, medium-pacer Paul van Meek­eren bagged four wick­ets to help Nether­lands notch up a con­so­la­tion 12-run win via Duck­worth/Lewis method against Ire­land. In­vited to bat in the in­con­se­quen­tial group tie, the Dutch made sure their open­ing show of 59 for five re­mains un­touched af­ter re­strict­ing Ire­land to 47 for seven.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.