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Tamim: Big run chase will help us do well in World Cup

  • Published at 05:35 pm July 20th, 2021
Bangladesh cricket team players celebrate winning the ODI series 3-0 against Zimbabwe at Harare on Tuesday BCB

Skipper Tamim scored a blistering 112 runs while wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan Sohan also step up with an unbeaten 45 in the middle order during the five wicket victory over 

Bangladesh one-day international captain Tamim Iqbal believes run chase like chasing 299 confidently during the third ODI against hosts Zimbabwe will help the team to perform well for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Bangladesh registered a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe by securing a five-wicket victory chasing 299 runs with two overs to spare at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Skipper Tamim scored a blistering 112 runs while wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan Sohan also step up with an unbeaten 45 in the middle order in his first international game since 2016. Nurul had got into the playing eleven in place of an injured Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Bangladesh won the series 3-0 and in the process bagged all 30 points to add to the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League table. With eight wins in 12 games Bangladesh are at number two in the table with 80 points. England are at the top with 95 points from nine wins and one no result in 15 games.  

“I think if you really want to do well in the world cup, you probably are looking to chase these kind of score every day. I thought it was a good challenge for the batting unit and we responded quite well,” said Tamim following the game at HRS.

“I am happy for winning the series but I think we can play better cricket as a team. I am sure we still have 12 or 13 games ahead of the World Cup [2023]. We want to go to the World Cup as a complete team,” he added.

Also Read: Tamim century as Bangladesh won by 5 wickets against Zimbabwe

Tamim did not scored big in first two matches as he got out on 0 in the first game and a scored 20 in the second game. The left-handed opener bounced back in the final game of the series scoring 112 off 97 deliveries laced with eight boundaries and three over boundaries. Tamim reached his 14th ODI hundred in 87 deliveries.

“It [scoring the hundred] was not challenging. I think I was in a good rhythm. I was batting quite well whenever I was in the middle but was not being able to score big. It is good that I have been able to contribute in this kind of a game. So I am happy,” Tamim said.

“To summarise the game, I thought it was a very good wicket to bat on. They [Zimbabwe] batted exceptionally well and they could have 25 or 30 runs more to the board but during the last three overs we [Bangladesh] bowled well,” the Bangladesh captain added.

Finishing the ODI series, Tamim will now head home and miss the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe. The south-paw is going into an eight to ten-week long rest due to a knee injury which he picked during the tour of Sri Lanka in April this year.

“My injury was probably not shown or reflected while I was batting today [Tuesday] but I was going through a lot of pain. I had to tape well before getting down to the field. Injury is such a thing that I can probably keep on playing but if this worsens then you might be out of cricket for seven to eight months . I don’t think we need to take that risk. I should be fine before the world cup if I can rest for eight to 10 weeks,” Tamim explained.  

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