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BD in super-ten round beating Oman by 54 runs

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 BD in super-ten round beating Oman by 54 runs

Bangladesh romped into the super-ten round of the World T20 cricket tournament as the Tigers beat Oman by 54 runs in their last match in the qualifying round at the rain-prone Dharmasala stadium in India`s Himachal state on Sunday night (March 13 night).

Agencies reported that in-form left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal smashed a dazzling unbeaten 103 off 63 balls, Bangladesh`s first ever T20 International century, to power the Tigers to a daunting 180 for 2.

He scored his century off 60 balls when he executed a sweetly timed drive through the covers. He also paired in a 97-run second-wicket stand with Sabbir Rahman (44 off 26 balls).

Before making his century, Tamim reached another milestone by becoming first Bangladesh batsman to register 1,000 T20 International runs.

The Bangladesh bowlers then shone bright, grabbing wickets regularly as the newcomers crumbled in their rain-reduced 12-over chase before limping to 65 for 9.

As the winners of Group A in the first round, Bangladesh move into Group 2 of the Super 10s where they will face India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and his men will face Pakistan in their first match on the next round in Kolkata on Wednesday.

It was Tamim who paved Bangladesh`s way into the Super 10 stage. His valuable 80 not out against the Netherlands in the opener proved to be match-winning before he made a blistering 47 in the washout against Ireland on Friday.

Ahead of the showcase event, Tamim had given his word to coach Chandika Hathurusingha that he would score a T20 century. He has honoured his promise to his mentor.

Bangladesh openers were off to a sedate start after being asked to bat first. Bilal Khan and Amir Ali kept the Bangladesh openers on a tight leash.

After smashing one straight past the bowler in the second over for the first boundary, Tamim swept over square leg to go past 1,000 T20 runs.

Soumya Sarkar (12) had a tough time making connection with the ball. He swung and missed a number of balls while playing some streaky shots.

His 22-ball agony ended when he danced down the track to spinner Ajay Lalcheta who bowled a flatter delivery that crashed into the legstump, leaving Bangladesh on 42 for 1 in the 7th over.

But there was no respite for the Omanis as Sabbir joined Tamim and played some well-timed shots to provide impetus to his team.

The duo dominated the bowlers with some delightful strokeplay on either side of the wicket.

Tamim paddled Kaleem past short fine leg for a boundary to reach his fifty off 35 deliveries before launching the next ball over long-off for a six.

Sabbir responded with a huge 96-metre six as the pair blazed away to 100 in the 13th over.

Their 55-ball stand came to an end when spinner Khawar Ali bowled around Sabbir`s legs and had him castled.

But Tamim kept his foot on the gas and bludgeoned Munis Ansari for another six to step into the 90s.

He played out three dot balls on 97 but then leaned into the drive to reach his century before leaping in the air to celebrate the landmark knock.

He studded the innings with 10 boundaries and five sixes, matching Bangladesh`s highest in the shortest format. Before this Nazimuddin and Ziaur Rahman had cracked as many sixes in an innings.  

Shakib Al Hasan`s cameo (17 off 9 balls) hinted a return to form for the allrounder as he smashed a boundary and a six in the last over to help Bangladesh to the daunting total.

Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain were once again indomitable with the new ball in hand.

Taskin, who is set to fly to Chennai on Monday to undergo assessment of his bowling action, drew first blood when he took out Zeeshan Maqsood (0) in the first over.

Maqsood skied it to Mahmudullah at third man before Al-Amin Hossain removed his partner Khawar Ali, who lobbed Mashrafe at mid-on.

Jatinder Singh (25) and Adnan Ilyas (13) then hit several boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking before rain swept in to halt play.

With the match initially reduced to 16-over-a-side after resumption, Oman lost Singh and Ilyas in a hurry which put Bangladesh in charge. But the skies once again opened up.

It forced the innings to be cut to 12 overs as Oman needed an overwhelming 75 runs off 22 balls.

Their batsmen then swung at almost everything but lost wickets like ninepins.

Shakib returned a career-best 4 for 15 in 3 overs while Taskin, Al-Amin, Mashrafe and Sabbir chipped in with a wicket each.

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