Bangladeshi opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal has become the first player from Bangladesh to score a century in T20 international cricket. He achieved this feat against Oman during a group A match on March 12 of the ICC World T20 2016, at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday. He is also the first player from Bangladesh to score 1,000 runs in Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket and is the 25th player overall to complete the feat. He also hit the first century of the World T20 as Bangladesh beat Oman by 54 runs to secure the final place in the Super 10’s.
Tamim made an unbeaten 103 from 63 balls. This is his maiden T20 hundred.
Bangladesh posted a score of 180-2, with a 103 from Iqbal and 44 from Sabbir Rahman.
Oman’s target was revised first to 152 in 16 overs then 120 in 12 after rain in Dharamsala, laboured to 65-9.
Bangladesh has won Group A and they join India, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan’s group in the next phase.
Tournament newcomers Oman, who beat Ireland in their opening game, can take considerable credit for finishing second in a group containing three teams above them in the T20 rankings.
On his maiden T20 hundred Iqbal said “We didn’t get off to the best of starts. They bowled decent line and length, especially in the first six-seven overs. When I got a boundary and a six in the seventh over, I took the momentum and batted the whole innings. Sabbir was playing brilliantly at the other end so taking away pressure from me and I batted the way I knew to bat”.
Tamim has had a great start to the World T20 with scores of 83 not out, 47 and 103 but is mindful of what lies ahead. With a massive opening Super 10 fixture against Pakistan, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on March 16, Tamim is not resting on his laurels yet.
“Now the big stage comes. Got a very important game in a couple of days’ time. The way the team is playing, the way the batsman and bowlers are performing… it is a very important game. I hope I can contribute to the team in that game also,” he said