Tamim upbeat ahead of series decider

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:16, Aug 05,2018


Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal celebrates his fifty during their second Twenty20 international match against the West Indies at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday. — AFP photo

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was upbeat ahead of the series deciding third and final Twenty20 international against West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida on Monday.

Tamim struck a match-winning half-century during Sunday’s 12-run win in series equalling second match, which also helped Bangladesh end their five-match losing streak in this format.

Man-of-the-match Tamim hit 74 off 44 balls, his sixth half-century in Twenty20 international career but only second in the past two years, which included six fours and four sixes.

‘It is important, both from the individual and team’s perspective,’ Tamim told reporters after the match.

‘One may not be in the good form always. So, whoever is playing well or is in good form we have to make sure that they play well in whatever the format we play,’ said Tamim, who was also man-of-the-series in the preceding one-day international series.

Tamim smashed two centuries and a fifty in ODI series to create some individual record suffered a first–ball duck in the first Twenty20 international, which Bangladesh lost by seven wickets.

The left-hander put a price on his wicket in Sunday’s second match, crafting his innings with mixed aggression, which turned out to be a textbook example of Twenty20 batting.

He did not show any serious urgency for attacking the bowlers yet maintained a decent flow before finally swooping on Andre Russell in the 17th over of the innings.

When Bangladesh’s other batsmen struggled to time it well against Russell, including Sakib al Hasan, who also scored a rare Twenty20 fifty (60 off 38 balls), Tamim hit the fast-medium bowler for three sixes and a four effortlessly in the same over.

He was dismissed attempting his fourth six in the same over but did well enough to guide Bangladesh towards a competitive total in the must-win game at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium.  

Bangladesh finally scored 171-5 before three wickets each from Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam and Sakib’s 2-19 helped them restrict West Indies to 159-9. 

‘We came here with a kind of confidence after the win in ODI series, though we could not play the first match they way we should have played,’ said Tamim.

‘But we always knew that we are capable of coming back. It was another example that if we play well as a team, everyone fulfils their responsibilities, we can beat any side,’ he said.

Tamim, however, insisted that the win did not guarantee them success in the series decider. 

‘Without a doubt they are a special team in T20s, one of the best teams in the world. So, after winning this match of course our confidence will be high,’ he said.

‘But cricket is such that tomorrow there will be a fresh game. Those who start well they will win. Just because we won today it did not mean that we would win again.  We have to do everything right from the start; everyone has to fulfil their duties,’ he said.

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