Bangladesh v Oman, World T20 Qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 13, 2016

Tamim ton secures Bangladesh's berth

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Bangladesh 180 for 2 (Tamim 103*) beat Oman 65 for 9 (Shakib 4-15) by 54 runs (D/L method)
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Tamim Iqbal made history and took Bangladesh into the next round of the World T20 with his hundred © ICC/Getty Images

Tamim Iqbal creamed the Oman bowlers to score Bangladesh's maiden T20 international century and secure his team's berth in the main draw of the tournament. His hundred set up a total of 180 for 2, which Shakib Al Hasan defended by razing the middle order on a rainy night in Dharamsala. Oman, who were flying high after a victory against Ireland, were shackled to 65 for 9 in 12 overs.

The match was interrupted twice by rain and Oman's target was revised to 120 in 12 overs. They effectively needed 75 off 22 balls after the second break. Oman then lost a spate of wickets and were never going to get close, bringing to an end a frustrating week in Dharamsala, where bad weather affected four of the first-round matches.

Tamim lit up a damp night, though, with five sixes in his 63-ball innings - four on the leg side and one between mid-off and cover. He rotated strike too, scoring nearly a third of his runs in ones and twos. Tamim's 97-run stand with Sabbir Rahman for the second wicket put Bangladesh in command and he stayed the course to give the innings a flourish at the finish.

It would be accurate to state that this hundred is Bangladesh's best T20I innings to date. The manner in which Tamim began indicated what was to come for Oman: Amir Ali had to pull his hand out of the way of a straight drive that was hit so hard it might have caused injury.

At the other end, however, Soumya Sarkar struggled to get the ball out of the 30-yard circle. He struck two fours in his 12 off 22 balls and in the seventh over Ajay Lalcheta put him out of his misery. Tamim had hit the same bowler for fours to square-leg and third-man and for a well-timed six over long-on.

Soumya's dismissal seemed to do Bangladesh a favour because the effervescent Sabbir rotated strike from the first ball he faced. He got his first four with a reverse sweep that Bilal Khan nearly caught at short third-man, though, and he also could have been caught at long-on off Munis Ansari in the ninth over but it was a tough chance for Mehran Khan running to his left.

Bangladesh reached 70 for 1 in ten overs and Tamim and Sabbir looked set for a big total. They picked up 14 off the next over bowled by Ansari, Oman's best bowler. Tamim reached 52 off 35 balls in the 13th over before he and Sabbir struck a six each over long-off and long-on in the next six balls - the blow from Sabbir off Khawar Ali travelled 96 metres and landed in the second tier.

Khawar was struck for a 94-metre six by Tamim too in the 16th over, but the bowler had his revenge when he had Sabbir bowled around his legs for 44 off 26 balls. With four overs remaining, Shakib Al Hasan was promoted to No 4 and made 17 off nine balls.

Tamim's hundred came in the 19th over, when after a brief lull he blasted Bilal through cover to score his tenth four - all of them along the ground. Bilal, however, was the only one to have bowled well at the top and towards the end, giving away just 16 runs in four wicketless overs.

Oman had pulled off a shock chase against Ireland but it went wrong right from the start against Bangladesh. Their openers Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawar Ali skied catches in the first and fourth overs, top edging to third man and to mid-on respectively. Jatinder Singh and Adnan Ilyas played attractive shots but Ilyas was run out after the first rain break. Aamir Kaleem was caught off his glove in the ninth over, just before the second rain break.

Shakib's 4 for 15 were his best figures in T20Is, and the smile on his face was good news for Bangladesh. As much as the team had enjoyed Tamim's batting form, they needed their best player to find his all-round form ahead of the main draw.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • The-love on March 15, 2016, 6:09 GMT

    @INDSLIDER Don't get hurt buddy thats my personal opinion.NZ deserve more than Eng to reach SF but not more than Ind,Aus and may be Pakistan.I feel if Bangladesh would be in other group they could easily be at 3rd from top and with some luck they might have qualified for SF as they have already defeated Eng in Australia.

  • INDSlider on March 15, 2016, 3:42 GMT

    @THE-LOVE : England are not better than the 4th best team of this Group (NZ).How do you say that. England defeated NZ comfortably in the warm up matches. Rather I would rate England even above Pak and SA.

  • Manik_mia on March 14, 2016, 23:50 GMT

    Is there any update of Mustafizur's fitness? Is he playing vs PAK in Kolkata?

  •   Zillur Rahman on March 14, 2016, 19:11 GMT

    Congratulations BD Tigers & Tamim. U r in the main tournament now. U got all the potential to do very good in the tournament. Just go & play ur natural games according the plan & things will be smooth like silk & I m sure. What u need just to add Mustafizur in the team. Best of luck for the up coming matches.

  • NumbPedestrian on March 14, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    Best wishes For Bangladesh. Recently they are playing really very well. The are the runner up of Asia. So they are just behind India. But they are now Capable to beat any team and that will No more Surprise. Se their Last few matches performances. I love my Country Bangladesh...............

  • CRIKETL0VER on March 14, 2016, 12:24 GMT

    It is very sad that 3 strong Asian teams in a group and they have to fight one another!

  • Ustaad..haraamkhor..khan on March 14, 2016, 11:34 GMT

    go BD go.. whole world supporting you

  • Emon_Das on March 14, 2016, 10:21 GMT

    OMAN's bowling attack is far better and INDIA. So, very played, TAMIM. Keep up the good works!!!

  • CricLoverBD2016 on March 14, 2016, 10:19 GMT

    @VKUMAR_086 You have said that Afghanistan was in relatively tougher group in qualifiers. Please bro, use some common sense when you are thinking/writing something. I hope you don't have any objection if I say Hongkong & Scotland are the most weaker teams among all the 8 teams who have played qualifiers. And what about Zimbabwe? In recent records, they have won (very tight win) 2 T20 matches against BD, pls note that BD were doing some experiments for those 2 matches after winning first 2 matches of that 4 match series. Zimbabwe is nowhere in good cricket from the last few years. Ireland & Netherlands have their glorious records of giant killing again & again. They are regularly playing county cricket, some of the players are well known as T20 specialists. Zimbabwe must have been easily beaten by Ireland & Netherlands. Oman has beaten Ireland & the whole cricket world were saying that Oman will give a big fight to BD. Hope you will be in sense from the next time before commenting.

  • cric_crack on March 14, 2016, 10:07 GMT

    Well, my favorite for this WC is Australia and South Africa, New Zealand will not be favorite after their captain's departure. Bangladesh is certainly a dark horse in this tournament. I am really sad for Afghanistan as they could not qualify, I love their passion for cricket, have they enough facilities and money they could surpass India and off course Pakistan cricket team.

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