Tamim Iqbal scored 103 not out © AFP
Tamim Iqbal scored 103 not out off 63 balls © AFP

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 against Oman in the ICC World T20 2016 Group A Match 12 at Dharamsala. 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. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Oman, ICC World T20 2016, Group A match at Dharmasala

The seventh over, bowled by Ajay Lalcheta, provided a bit of respite for Bangladesh, but only momentary. Tamim hit 2, 4, 6, and 1 off the first four balls, but Lalcheta managed to get the misfiring Soumya Sarkar out bowled for 12 off 22 balls after that. That brought in Sabbir Rahman at No. 4, and the duo of Sabbir and Tamim started increasing the run-rate. Full Cricket Updates: Bangladesh vs Oman, ICC World T20 2016, Group A match at Dharmasala

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 Iqbal becomes first Bangladesh cricketer to score 1,000 T20I runs

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.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 180 for 2 in 20 overs (Tamim Iqbal 103*; Khawar Ali 1 for 24) vs Oman.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)