Tamim Iqbal’s Maiden T20 Ton Drives Bangladesh to Super 10s

DHARAMSALA: Tamim Iqbal’s maiden T20 century aided Bangladesh storm into the World T20 Super 10s with resounding 54-run victory against Oman via Duckworth/Lewis method in last qualifier in Dharamsala, on Sunday.

Put into bat in knock out encounter, Bangladesh had ridden on Tamim’s unbeaten 63-ball 103 to post 180 for 2.

Oman were constrained to 65 for 9 in pursuit of their rain revised mark of 120 in 12 overs.

Tamim, who was in raging form with the scores of 83 & 47 in first 2 games, had become Bangladesh’s only centurion in Twenty20s.

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

The batsman made sure that Bangladesh did not lose the early wickets with Oman bowlers moving the ball on a moisture-laden track post evening showers.

Tamin Iqbal, while making a composed start along with Soumya Sarkar, switched the gears after registering his 2nd 50 of tournament & there was no looking back.

Tamim Iqbal, who bashed 10 fours & five sixes, soon found his company in Sabbir Rahman as they hit the ball to all parts of picturesque ground during this 92-run partnership.

Getting plenty of self-assurance from their batting show, the Bangladesh’s bowlers had to pick up the regular wickets to squash Oman’s rain-hit chase.

The side being led by Sultan Ahmed, mostly consisting of Indian & Pakistani expats, never really got going & 2 rain interventions through their stop-start chase did not help the cause.

Shakib Al Hasan picked up 4 wickets while the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Sabbir and Taskin Ahmed bagged one each.

Bangladesh will now meet the hosts Pakistan, India, India, Australia & New Zealand in Group 2 of Super 10s.

Formerly, Paul van Meekeren, the medium-pacer bagged 4 wickets to assist Netherlands to notch up consolation 12-run win via Duckworth/Lewis way against the Ireland.

Summoned to bat in inconsequential group tie, Dutch ensured their opening show of 59 for 5 remains intact after confining Ireland to 47 for 7.

Monday will remain a rest day before India finally face New Zealand on Tuesday’s main draw opener.