Interestingly, the previous highest opening stand for Bangladesh was also held by these men, back in 2010, they had a 185-run opening stand against England at Lord’s © AFP
Interestingly, the previous highest opening stand for Bangladesh was also held by these men back in 2010 when they had a 185-run opening stand against England at Lord’s © AFP

Nov 11, 2014

It was a important day in the history of Bangladesh cricket as they scored 302 for three against Zimbabwe and shattered a few record on the way. Varun Arora looks at the crucial records from the match.

Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal stitched a 224-run partnership for the first wicket in the third Test against Zimbabwe played at Chittagong. It was a lethal blend of two fine cricketers who attacked the spineless Zimbabwe bowling attack.

Kayes and Tamim went on to make individual centuries before both were dismissed. Tamim was the more flamboyant of the both. He had earlier blended a hundred at Khulna and followed it here as well. Kayes, who made a comeback after he was out of the team due to skin infection, was promising in his comeback as well. Interestingly, the previous highest opening stand for Bangladesh was also held by these men. Back in 2010, they had a 185-run opening stand against England at Lord’s.

-This was also the first time when Bangladeshi openers registered an opening stand more than 200.

– With a ton in this match, Tamim Iqbal equaled Mohammad Ashraful’s Bangladesh record of six Test tons.

– The 224-run partnership between Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal was the third-highest partnership for any wicket.

Highest partnerships for Bangladesh in Tests:

Batsmen

Runs

Opposition

Ground

Date

Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim

267

Sri Lanka

Galle

March 8, 2013

Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman

232

Sri Lanka

Chittagong

February 4, 2014

Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal

224

Zimbabwe

Chittagong

November 12, 2014

Junaid Siddique, Tamim Iqbal

200

India

Dhaka

January 24, 2010

Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim

191

Sri Lanka

Colombo

July 3, 2007

 

– It was the first occasion when both Bangladeshi openers got tons in same innings of a Test match.

Highest opening stands for Bangladesh in Tests:

Batsmen

Runs

Opposition

Date

Ground

Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal

224

Zimbabwe

November 12, 2014

Chittagong

Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal

185

England

May 27, 2010

Lord’s

Junaid Siddique, Tamim Iqbal

161

New Zealand

January 4, 2008

Dunedin

Javed Omar, Nafees Iqbal

133

Zimbabwe

January 14, 2005

Dhaka

Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal

126

England

June 4, 2010

Old Trafford

 

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)