‘The pressure is now on Windies’ says Tamim
Bangladesh meticulously fought back to level the T20I series in the Caribbean alongside the veterans performing once again up to their staple best. The opener Tamim Iqbal threw a superb run of 44 ball 74 in his team’s 12 run victory over West Indies on Saturday, said, before the final time of locking horns in this tour, it is the hosts who is under pressure.
”Obviously, the pressure is on them; after the way we ended the ODI series, perhaps we could not play to our potential in the opening T20I, but we always knew we are capable of making a comeback,” Tamim told the reporters after the match.
Tamim, supported by skipper Shakib, set forth 90 runs in the fourth wicket partnership after Bangladesh lost 3 wickets in 48 runs.
“No doubt they are one of the best T20I teams in the world but if we can play to our potential we can beat any team, after this win we will certainly have the confidence,” Tamim said.
Tamim, furthermore, guard against any sort of complacency ahead of the big final clash as they are well aware of the strength of the two time world T20I champion West Indies.
“It is not that just because we have won the game it will be easy against them tomorrow,” he said.
“We have to tick all the boxes and need to start everything from the beginning to earn success. That includes from getting a good start and keeping the momentum all through,” he added.
Tamim poorly failed in the first match of the series, being departed in the dugout before taking a single run, after single handedly pushed Bangladesh up in the three match limited over series and came out as player of the series, implemented his skills prodigiously in the second occasion, this time in the venue of a different country.
“I took my chance but it didn’t come off. Today I was more patient, I took my time in the middle and went for it later in my innings. I cashed in at the right time. He (Shakib) played an unbelievable innings, as soon as he came in. He took the pressure off me as we didn’t have a great start. It is my first time on this pitch and I liked the pitch. When you score runs you always like the pitch,” Tamim reckoned.
Tamim’s 74 runs knock included 6 boundaries and 4 over boundaries including thrashing Andre Russel roughly in the 16th over of the innings when the Bangladesh opener took 22 runs in an over.
In less than twenty four hours from now on, Bangladesh and West Indies will face each other at the Lauderhill, Florida in USA for the third and final match of the series.
Watch and Enjoy the video of Tamim Iqbal’s tornado innings here-