“Obviously really satisfying,” Cummins said when asked about the dismissal of Tamim.“It is a pretty hard grind out there at times but I guess our goal as quicks was just to keep the scoreboard pretty tight. We knew probably weren’t going to break through them like we might try to in other conditions. So we were just trying to keep it tight and that’s what I was most pleased with. And to get another wicket, a big wicket as Tamim was looking in great form, was hugely satisfying.”
Tamim has been one of the mainstay of Bangladesh’s batting order for quite sometime now. He again showed his prowess in the 1st Test against Australia, by scoring back to back half centuries in very testing conditions. Tamim was batting particularly well in the 3rd day of the match, negotiating the unpredictable spin comfortably. Bangladesh were cruising at the time, heading towards a big 2nd innings total.
But in the 2nd session of the day, Cummins came into the attack and bowled an unplayable delivery to Tamim. The ball sharply darted off the pitch and just flicked Tamim’s gloves. Umpire Aleem Dar initially gave it not out, but the Aussies reviewed the decision and the decision turned in their favor.
“I think it just kicked off a length,” Cummins said while explaining Tamim’s dismissal.“I think the pitch is doing a couple of little things every now and then but it was just one that happened to kick up a bit and fortunately hit the glove.”
It was Cummins’s only scalp of the innings, but it was a crucial one. It was the 1st of 5 wickets that fell in the post lunch session which brought Australia back into the match.