Watch: Tamim scores 22 runs in Andre Russell’s one over
Tamim Iqbal saved his best for the finals. Having scored 326 runs at 27.16 in 13 matches before the grand final, the veteran slammed 141* off 61 against Dhaka Dynamites at Mirpur.
Tamim scored 70.85% of the total runs for Comilla Victorians which is the seventh-highest percentage of total runs scored by a batsman in a T20 innings.
Comilla were sent in to bat first at the toss by Dhaka. Comilla lost Evin Lewis early in the innings. Anamul Haque scored a steady 30-ball 24 in a 89-run partership with Tamim. Meanwhile, Shamsur Rahman was run out on his first ball.
The fourth-wicket stand between Tamim and skipper Imrul Kayes produced 100 runs in 46 balls as Victorians romped to 199/3 in 20 overs to set Dhaka a target of 200 runs to win.
Tamim swiveled Andre Russell for a four to reach his 50-ball century, his third in T20 cricket. No other Bangladesh has even two hundreds. His 141* included 10 fours and 11 maximums. He surpassed his previous best score 130, which he set in 2013 Victory Day tournament.
Rajshahi Kings’ Laurie Evans (104*), Rangpur Riders’ Alex Hales (100) and Rilee Rossouw (100*), Comilla’s Evin Lewis (109*) and AB de Villiers (100*) of Rangpur scored hundreds earlier in this BPL. Tamim went on to be the first Bangladeshi player to hit a ton in BPL 2019.
Overall, this is the fourth century by a Bangladeshi batsman in BPL. Shahriar Nafees was the first with 102* for Khulna Royal Bengals and then Mohammad Ashraful scored 103* for Dhaka Gladiators in 2013. Sabbir Rahman hammered 122 on a losing side for Rajshahi Kings in 2016.