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Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim tons help Bangladesh end 16-year wait

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim both struck centuries as Bangladesh ended its win drought against Pakistan.

By: Associated Press | Dhaka | Updated: April 17, 2015 11:48:02 pm
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Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim both struck centuries as Bangladesh ended its win drought against Pakistan, beating the visitors by 79 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.

It was Bangladesh’s first win over Pakistan since 1999.

Tamim made 132 while Rahim scored a fluent 106 as Bangladesh amassed an imposing 329-6, its highest ODI total against any country. Pakistan was bowled out for 250 in 45.2 overs.

Captain Azhar Ali was the team’s top scorer with 72 while debutant Mohammad Rizwan hit 67. Haris Sohail contributed 51.

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and left arm spinner Arafat Sunny claimed three wickets apiece to derail the chase, but it was the Bangladesh batsmen that laid the foundation for the victory.

“Tamim and Mushfiq batted really well, it was a good pitch to bat on,” Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said. “It was easy for us as a bowling unit. We just wanted to contain. It was a professional performance.”

Tamim and Rahim shared a national record of 178 for the third wicket after Pakistan’s bowlers left Bangladesh 67-2. It was also the first time that two Bangladesh players made centuries in a one-day match.

Tamim slammed 15 fours and three sixes in his 132, while Rahim made his century off 69 balls, striking 13 fours and two sixes. He was eventually out on 106 off 77.

Both batsman reached their century by hitting four against off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who played his first International match after remodeling his bowling action. Shakib Al Hasan was the other notable scorer with 31.

Ajmal’s first spell read 4-0-7-0 before he ended his quota with 10-0-74-0, his worst ever figure.

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Reaz returned figures of 4-59 while Rahat Ali claimed 1-56.

Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s new ODI captain, led the team’s big chase from the front but Bangladesh took out Sarfraz Ahmed (24) and seasoned Mohammad Hafeez (4) early.

“We made some mistakes in the field and dropped some catches at the wrong time and the credit goes to the Bangladesh batsmen,” Ali said. “They got 30-40 runs extra. Rizwan batted well, we had a few positives. We will fix the mistakes and come strong in the next game.”

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