Tamim shows his true class

May 13, 2017

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal showed his true class against hosts in the opening game of tri-nation tournament in Ireland as he scored a determined half-century to lead a fight back in Dublin on Friday.
Tamim scored an unbeaten 64 and added valuable 87 runs with Mahmudullah (43 not out) to make sure they avoid an embarrassment after the hosts seized an early momentum by reducing Bangladesh to 9-2 inside the first four overs.
Tigers had to battle the testing condition as the hosts sent them to bat on a green-top surface that suited their pace-oriented bowling attack and they managed to give the top-order of the visitors a real hard time.
Tigers were desperately looking for someone to hold his nerve against opponent seamers, who were out to exploit the condition to the fullest with the help of dark overcast and the flowing breeze.
Tamim was expected to take the responsibility to bail them out after they were pushed in a tricky situation with the premature dismissal of two other experienced campaigners Mushfiqur Rahim and Sakib al Hasan that made the scoreboard reading 70-4 in 15 overs.
Tamim did not shy away from shouldering the duty and unlike some of his team-mates, he kept his cool knowing his time would come sooner or later to dictate the terms with his willow and he did his job like a true professional.
The left-hander took his time and curbed his compulsion of playing risky and adventurous shots and always looked to be in control on his way to his 35th one-day international half-century.
Ireland bowling was not great as they sent down 15 wides in 31.1 overs they bowled but the pitch that better suited for grazing than batting, which made it always tough for someone to bat with such distinction.
Tamim faced 88 balls and hit eight boundaries but more than anything played with some kind of authority and confidence that eventually helped Tigers to overcome the jittery.
He did not try anything when the ball was moving rather put his attention in getting singles and twos and waiting for the right kind of deliveries that he could dispatch beyond the boundary.
Tamim got a partner in Mahmudullah, who had his own reason to fire after being relegated to as a second grade cricketer in the national team set-up.
Mahmudullah, who also lost his Test spot and was made to play for opponents in a recent warm-up in Sussex, took the role of aggressor in their 87-run stand that ensured Bangladesh had their run-rate always hovering over five despite the early hiccup.
Mahmudullah took the charge on left arm spinner George Dockrell, the weak link in Ireland on a green pitch.
By the time rain intervened Bangladesh reached 157-4 thanks to the duo that at least allowed them to relax during the unexpected break without worry too much about the equation that was to be followed.

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