Tamim Iqbal hit the first century of the World T20 as Bangladesh beat Oman by 54 runs to secure the final place in the Super 10s. Tamim made an unbeaten 103 off 63 balls – his maiden T20 hundred – and Sabbir Rahman a rapid 44 in a total of 180-2. Oman, whose target was revised first to 152 in 16 overs then 120 in 12 after rain in Dharamsala, laboured to 65-9. As winners of Group A, Bangladesh join India, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan group in the next phase.
Tamim, who clobbered 10 fours and five sixes, soon found company in Sabbir Rahman as the duo hit the ball to all parts of the picturesque ground during their 92 run partnership. Getting plenty of confidence from their batting show, Bangladesh’s bowlers picked up regular wickets to flatten Oman’s rain-hit chase. The Sultan Ahmed-led side, which mostly consists of Indian and Pakistani expats, never really got going and the two rain interventions during their stop-start chase didn’t help the cause either. Shakib Al Hasan picked up four wickets while skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain and Sabbir bagged one each.
Bangladesh, everyone knows, are the favorites to make it from Group A. But nobody would have thought Oman making it this far, and earning a shot to be among the Super 10 teams of the competition. The group had Ireland and the Netherlands too and Bangladesh were supposed to get the fight from either of these two. But Oman scripted their own story, and are one match away from creating history. This is the first Bangladesh vs Oman match, and what a stage to start a new rivalry. And the only worry ahead of it, is the rain threat.