Tamim hits triple century in BCL

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has shown great form ahead of Pakistan Test series. He has brought up his maiden first-class triple century in the first round of Bangladesh Cricket League.

Tamim becomes the second Bangladeshi to hit a triple ton in red-ball cricket after Rakibul Hasan, who did it in 2006-07 National Cricket League.

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On the third day of first round match between Walton Central Zone and Islami Bank East Zone, East Zone’s Tamim reached 300-mark in 407 balls, hitting 40 boundaries. He started the day with 222* runs with all being scored on day two. He went to lunch on 279* before reaching the landmark figure in the second session.

Tamim has been out of domestic first-class arena for about six years although he made an appearance in NCL in 2019-20 season. He played 126 deliveries for his 100 runs. 

He converted his 16th first-class hundred into a second-ever double century in just 242 balls on Saturday, the second coming in another 116 balls, at a faster rate than the first 100 runs.

The left-hander’s feat brought the memories back to 2015 when he smashed 205 against Pakistan in the second innings of Khulna Test. That was only the second double hundred by a Bangladeshi batsman in Tests.

Tamim has also crossed Rakibul’s 313, the then highest first-class score by a Bangladeshi. He has hit his first six of the innings off Shuvagata Hom which was followed by another a ball later. He hit another two maximums of Suhrawadi Shuvo in the next over.

East Zone declared their innings at 555/2 in 139.5 overs with a lead of 342 runs. Tamim remained unbeaten on 334 runs from 426 balls including 42 fours and 3 sixes.

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