Tamim Iqbal Khan flew high above the level of the Kennington Oval in London today, smashing his 9th one day international hundred to take Bangladesh into a formidable total of 305 runs at the end of the allotted fifty overs of the match in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তামিম-মুশফিকে লড়াকু সংগ্রহ বাংলাদেশের]
Tamim rampaged through the English bowling line up, unbeaten up to the midst of 45th over and scored 128 runs in 142 deliveries.
It is the unique Tamim Iqbal batting with exquisite exhibitions of fours and sixes piercing every corner of the ground. He stroke 12 fours and 3 sixes in his innings. The change of bat, however, did not bring further fortune, being caught by Buttler off Plunkett in the fifth delivery of 45th over.
Wicket brought another wicket for England, Mushfiqur Rahim also departed next to Tamim Iqbal, became the third victim of Liam Plunkett in the match. Mushfiqur dazzled with his usual calmness, facing 72 balls, the wicket keeper batsman scored 79 runs.
After first 11 overs of Bangladesh innings, lively English all – rounder Ben Stokes ushered the first breakthrough in his first over for the hosts taking the wicket of Soumya Sarkar who has been gripped by substitute fielder John Bairstow.
The wide and short delivery in the last ball of the twelfth over flattered Soumya to cut it over cover but unfortunately found the reliable man in the deep, Bairstow, famed for his fine fielding. Soumya’s 28 came off 34 deliveries with an exquisite six and 4 fours.
With literally the third opener in the match, Imrul Kayes came in the one down, passed few overs on the crease with Tamim Iqbal and added a valuable 39 runs. The second wicket partnership broke down when Bangladesh was five runs away from hundred.
Lanky Liam came through to take the bulky Kayes but the show was undoubtedly goes to Mark Wood. In one stage it looked like a safe shot for Imrul Kayes but Wood flied high to make a full – fledged dive, reached the ball with both hands and grabbed the life of the batsman with the superb catch. Kayes scored 19 off 20 with 3 shots of four.
The stray of wickets falling after the 45th over of the innings hindered the score getting even bigger at the end.
For England, Liam Plunkett is the most successful hunter bagging 4 Bangladesh wickets conceding 59 runs in his 10 overs.