Bangladesh's opener Tamim Iqbal plays a straight drive during their practice session ahead of their upcoming tri-series match against West Indies in Ireland. -collected
Bangladesh's dashing opener Tamim Iqbal praised for his fellow opener Soumya Sarkar, said that his rollicking batting at the other end made his task easier as Bangladesh surpassed a challenging target comfortably set by West Indies in their tri-series opener in Dublin.
Bangladesh won their first match in the ongoing tri-nation series in Ireland against West Indies where Soumya contributed with a solid 73 off 68 with six and nine fours. West Indies set Bangladesh 262 to win the match and the openers-Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar were not comfortable initially.
But it was Soumya who first took the risk but it was calculative to make the West Indies bowlers disarray. Soumya's free-flowing batting was the reason that the asking run rate didn't impose any pressure despite Tamim was shaky at the other end.
"I was not uncomfortable but I just couldn't find the gap. The balls went straight to the fielders, much to my disappointing," Tamim said on Friday after the team's practice session in Dublin.
Tamim and Soumya added 144 runs in the first wicket stand, which is now Bangladesh's biggest opening stand outside the home soil. At the same time, it was the biggest first wicket stand of the Tigers against West Indies as well.
"If the same thing would have happened for my partner (Soumya), we had to lose both of our wickets. However, Soumya responded well and helped me to reduce my pressure," Tamim further told the reporters.At the same time, it was the biggest first wicket stand of Bangladesh against West Indies as well.
"I don't know why nothing was going right at the wicket. But fortunately Soumya didn't bog down. He played his shots and found the gap with ease. It was blessing for me and the team," Tamim remarked.
Tamim said, despite the struggle, he was determined not to go for a forced shot as advised given to him by his previous coach Jamie Siddons, who coached Bangladesh from October 2007-2011 World Cup.
"Siddons taught me how to keep the wicket. He said when nothing goes right, don't play forced shot, instead be calm and spend time in the wicket. I kept the advice in mind and just tried to keep rotating scoreboard with singles since I can't find the gap with ease like Soumya. The patience however paid off," Tamim said.
Instead of creating trouble for the opposition going with right and left-handed combination in the opening stand, Bangladesh team management chose Soumya, who is a left-hander, to start the innings with Tamim.
Relying on the solid foundation of 144 by Tamim and Soumya, Bangladesh beat West Indies in their first match in the tri-nation series by a big margin of eight wickets. However, the second match of the Tigers in the series was washed out due to persistent rain in Dublin. The match was scheduled to be played against the hosts Ireland. Mashrafe's men will lock hor against West Indies again on May 13 before the last match against Ireland on May 15.
This is considered as the golden chance of Tigers for gearing up before heading to the World Cup. Bangladesh will start their World Cup assault against South Africa on June 2. It is believed that Tamim and Soumya will continue to open the innings for Bangladesh in the World Cup as well.
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