Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh got off to a dream start in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018, beating Sri Lanka by 137 runs. But Tamim Iqbal, who got injured mid-match and had to be taken for medical assistance registered a unique ODI record. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim registered the highest partnership in ODI cricket for the 10th wicket stand, involving an opener, which was 32 runs. They broke the record of Damien Martyn and Glenn McGrath of 31 runs.
It was Tamim Iqbal’s bravery to come out with a fractured wrist and then bat for his team. While Mushfiqur’s 144 rightly got him the Man of the Match, it would not have been possible without Tamim Iqbal. Now that Tamim is ruled out for the Asia Cup, this will be a huge blow for Bangladesh and their chances at the tournament.
Meanwhile, Rahim’s score of 144 is the second-highest individual score by a Bangladeshi batsman. The record is held by Tamim Iqbal, who scored 154 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2009.
Earlier, Bangladesh batted first and set the Lankan a target of 262 to win. Rahim top scored with 144. Malinga was the pick of the Lankan bowlers scalping four wickets.
Sri Lanka folded out for 124 runs. No one could even reach the 30s for Lanka, as Mortaza, Mustafizur and Mehedy Hasan picked up two wickets apiece.
Mushfiqur later paid tribute to Tamim, saying it was a great gesture from the left-handed opener. “(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman after being declared Player of the Match. “When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”
Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain, also lauded Tamim, and said: “I think the word for Tamim is that ‘people should always remember him’. Tamim, which is Bangladesh’s all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs, will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Bangladesh will now face Afghanistan on Thursday.