Tamim Iqbal's ton came off 123 deliveries, including 11 boundaries and a six, owing to a strike rate of 81    Getty Images
Tamim Iqbal’s ton came off 123 deliveries, including 11 boundaries and a six, owing to a strike rate of 81 Getty Images

Bangladesh‘s charismatic opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored his ninth century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, during match 1 of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval in London on Thursday. His ton came off 120 deliveries, including 11 boundaries and a six, at a strike rate of 81. It was also is maiden ODI ton in England, while it was his second ODI ton against England. This is also the highest score by a Bangladesh player in England, as the previous record was held by Mohammad Ashraful, who had scored 100. He was dismissed for 128 by Liam Plunkett. Currently, Bangladesh are 261 for the loss of 3 wickets in 45 overs, with wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim on 79. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Match 1 at The Oval

Tamim, who has been with the team for the last 10 years and has been closely involved in the team s rise as an ODI force, believes it is their hard work that has brought them to such a level where oppositions are wary of them. That s how it goes, you know, ESPNcricinfo quoted Tamim as saying recently. When your team is winning games, when your team is playing better cricket people will notice you, people will respect you. And we deserve the respect we are getting. As a team, we have come up a long way. That time we were ranked 10th, now we are ranked sixth. As I told you before, it didn t come easy. We had to go through a lot of lost matches, hard work and criticism as well. But the last two years has been brilliant for Bangladesh cricket. [We are] probably one of the most successful teams in the world if you see in the last two years, he added. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Match 1 at The Oval

Bangladesh had a mixed run in their build up to the tournament. They beat New Zealand in Ireland earlier in May. They posted a mammoth 341 in the warm-up match against Pakistan, only to lose the game. And against India, two days prior to the tournament opener, they conceded 324 and were bowled out for 84, losing by 240 runs.