Tamim Iqbal © AFP
Tamim Iqbal belted 76 off 98 balls © AFP

Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque partnered to stitch a 158-run opening stand in the second One-Day International (ODI) played at Chittagong on Sunday. Varun Arora looks at Bangladesh’s highest opening stands in ODIs.

Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque came good with the bat as they smashed individual half-centuries and also provided strong resistance in the early overs. Tamim carried on his superior Test form as he belted 76 off 98 balls, also reaching to his 27th ODI half-century. While, Haque carried on a bit longer to reach 80 off 110 balls before he was dismissed by Tinashe Panyangara.

Here is the list highest opening stand in ODIs for Bangladesh

Players Runs Opposition Venue Date
Mehrab Hossain and Shahriar Hossain

170

vs Zimbabwe Dhaka

25-Mar-99

Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal

158

vs Zimbabwe Chittagong

23-Nov-14

Anamul Haque and Imrul Kayes

150

vs Pakistan Dhaka

04-Mar-14

Athar Ali Khan and Mohammad Rafique

137

vs Kenya Hyderabad

17-May-98

Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees

127

vs New Zealand Dhaka

11-Oct-10

Both the openers started slowly in the initial overs and provided stability to the innings which faltered in the last ODI at the same venue. There were not much singles and at one point it seemed that both the batsmen are risking their wickets by putting pressure on each other. But occasional boundaries kept flowing which kept the run-rate close to four.

The first six of the Bangladesh innings came from the bowling of John Nyumbu in the 23rd over which also got Tamim his half-century. Bangladesh surprised everyone when they took the batting powerplay only in the 28th over which upped the run-rate. A total of three boundaries and one six was hit in the powerplay before Tamim was dismissed on the last ball of the powerplay.

(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)