Dharamshala: Oman never really stood a realistic chance of chasing 181, and Bangladesh’s bowlers, led by Shakib Al Hasan, ensured that there were no surprises in the ICC World T20 2016 Group A Match 12 at Dharamsala.
Shakib took 4 for 15, but it was a consolidated team effort that won Bangladesh the match. Zeeshan Maqsood lasted only 2 balls, getting out caught by Mahmudullah off the bowling of Taskin Ahmed for a duck.
Khawar Ali holed out to Mashrafe Mortaza after top-edging Al-Amin Hossain to fall for a 14-ball 8. Adnan Ilyas was run out with a direct hit from Soumya Sarkar for a run-a-ball 13, and Aamir Kaleem top-edged a sweep off Shakib Al Hasan to Mushfiqur Rahim for a 3-ball duck.
At 45 for 4 in the ninth over, rain interrupted the match yet again. At first the target was 152 from 16 overs, but this time the target was reduced to 120 from 12 overs.
Aamer Ali, Man of the Match in the first match, was stumped off Shakib for 4 from 3 balls. Jatinder Singh was batting well at one end, but he kept losing partners at the other.
Eventually he too was dismissed for 25 off 20 balls, caught at third man off Mashrafe Mortaza. Shakib then had Mehran Khan hole out to Mehran Khan for 3 off 5 balls.
Two balls later Sultan Ahmed gave a catch to Mahmudullah for 1 off 3 balls. He finished with 4 for 15 from 3 overs.
Sabbir Rahman bowled the final over, with 60 runs to defend. He managed to get Ajay Lalcheta out for 1, caught in the deep. Bilal Khan managed to survive the final ball, so Oman were not bowled out, but they were 65 for 9 at the end of 12 overs.
Earlier, Tamim Iqbal scored the first century of the tournament and in the process became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs, as Bangladesh scored an imposing 180 for 2.
Tamim was keyed in from early on in his innings. Bilal Khan conceded only 1 run off the first over of the match, but Tamim did not get desperate. He smashed Aamer Ali for a boundary in the next over, but Oman’s bowlers managed to keep things tight for the first few overs.
Despits getting the odd boundary every over, Bangldesh had only reached 29 for 0 at the end of 6 overs.
The seventh over, bowled by Ajay Lalcheta, provided a bit of respite for Bangladesh, but only momentary.
Bangladesh reached 59 for 1 at the end of 9 overs before finally managing to cross the 7-run per over mark.
Mehran Khan was hit for two boundaries in the over, one each by Sabbir and Tamim, and conceded 11 off the over. Bangladesh were now 70 for 1 after 10 overs.
Munis Ansari, the ‘Omani Malinga’ then conceded 14 runs off his next over. Sabbir started the over with a flick to the midwicket boundary before Tamim got boundaries on either side of the wicket. Tamim became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs in the process.
Tamim then took over. Aamir Kaleem was hit for a four and a six by Tamim in the 13th over, and Khawar Ali was hit for a six in the next over.
Lalcheta was hit for a four and a six as well, and Sabbir finished the over with another boundary. Khawar was hit for another six in the next over by Tamim, but Sabbir was bowled off the final ball of the over for 44 off 26 balls.
Ansari was hit for four and six to take Tamim into the 90s, and he finally got to the landmark in the 19th over off Bilal. He remained unbeaten on 103 off 63 balls as Bangladesh finished off at 180 for 2.
Bangladesh - 180 for 2 (Tamim Iqbal 103*, Rahman 44)
Oman - 65 for 9 (target 120) (Jatinder 25, Shakib 4-15)
Result - Bangladesh won by 54 runs (D/L method)
Points - Bangladesh 2, Oman 0
MOM - Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)