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Mushfiqur Rahim (Left), Tamim Iqbal (Right) played excellent knocks to guide their team to an excellent score © AFP

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim’s excellent tons take Bangladesh to 329 for 6  in 50 overs in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan. This is Bangladesh’s hishest score in ODIs. Tamim and his fellow opener Soumya Sarkar got Bangladesh to a decent start. Live Blog:  Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2015, 1st ODI at Dhaka

But Sarkar was the first to go as he was run out by Wahab Riaz. Tamim tapped the ball and quickly ran, but Riaz on his follow through out-run Sarkar, picked up the ball and hit the wickets, which ended Sarkar’s innings of 36-ball 20. Bangladesh’s World Cup hero Mahmudullah  walked in at No.3 and was looking very uncomfortable during his brief stay at the crease. He eventually tried to go for a big shot off the bowling of rahat Ali and he was clean bowled for just five of 18 deliveries. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2015, 1st ODI at Dhaka

Tamim was then joined by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim at the other end. Rahim played cautiously initially, but once he got his eye in, he took on the bowling. Rahim was given a lifeline when he was dropped by Junaid Khan at mid-wicket when he was on 35, but he managed to cash in  and make Pakistan rue that chance. Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2015, Free Live Cricket Streaming Online on Gazi TV (For Bangladesh users): 1st ODI at Dhaka

Meanwhile, Tamim went on to score his fifth century in ODIs and he was ecstatic at reaching this landmark. The partnership between him and Rahim grew from strength to strength and looked no signs of slowing down. Tamim Iqbal scores a vital century in Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st ODI at Dhaka

The duo put on 178 for the third wicket, which is the highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket in ODIs. Rahim too got to his half-century and looked set to convert this into a big score. Tamim after shifting gears after he got to his century, was eventually dismissed for 132 off 135 deliveries, but had put Bangladesh in a commanding position. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim share best ever stand for Bangladesh

Rahim was joined by the stand-in skipper Shakib-Al-Hasan and they kept the momentum going. Rahim got to him third ODI century off just 69 deliveries, which is the quickest century for Bangladesh in ODIs as Bangladesh looked to post a gigantic score. This is also the first time that two Bangladesh players have scored a century in the same innings.  Rahim brings up 3rd ODI ton in BAN-PAK 2015 1st ODI at Mirpur

Rahim and Shakib put on a quick-fire half-century partnership, which gave Bangladesh the much needed push to ensure that they got a score in excess of 330. Rahim was caught behind off the bowling of Riaz after he swung hard in pursuit of some quick runs. A couple of lusty blows from Sabbir Rahman and Shakib ensured that Bangladesh finished in a strong position. Riaz was the best bowler for Pakistan as he finished with four wickets Saeed Ajmal returns for Pakistan against Bangladesh in 1st ODI at Dhaka

Earlier Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to bat first. Shakib was leading the side in the match after regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was handed a one-match ban for slow over-rate during the quarter-final match at the ICC Cricket World Cup match against India. Saeed Ajmal returned for Pakistan with a new improved action. His action seems to be much round-arm and the elbow seems to be fine as well. Whether he will be pulled up after the match, is to be seen. Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2015, Free Live Cricket Streaming Online on PTV Sports (For Pakistan users): 1st ODI at Dhaka

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 329 for 6   in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 132, Mushfiqur Rahim 106; Wahab Riaz 4 for 59) vs Pakistan

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)