Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan combined excellently to stand a competitive score for Bangladesh honoring Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s decision to bat first after winning the toss. Both the premier performers of the team has been running superlative forms since the beginning of the new year.
Scoring three consecutive half centuries in the Rocket tri-nation series, Tamim Iqbal touched the landmark of having 6000 limited over runs as the first Bangladeshi batsman.
84 runs he scored in the first two matches and the third match on Tuesday saw a 76 run knock from the undoubtedly best opening batsman in the history of Bangladesh.
The landmark innings helped Tamim to achieve the man of the match award, surpassing Shakib Al Hasan who was adjudged as the best performer in the previous two matches.
Tamim reckoned the wicket in Mirpur is not that easy; he said, “It was not an easy wicket to bat at all. You have to be patient in such wicket to hit the bad deliveries. I think the way I lost my wicket today was not that good.”
“I had to stay for a little longer in this innings; a 230 – 240 would be an ideal score in this wicket. We tried to strike more when we were not getting boundaries. Both Shakib and Mushfiqur batted wonderfully well,” he said.
About exceeding 6000 runs in one day international cricket and recording most number of runs in a venue, Tamim said, “Doing any record has always been a proud moment for a cricketer.”