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Dhaka Tribune

The dictating southpaws

Update : 18 Jun 2015, 09:01 PM

When rain made its first entry at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Bangladesh were already 119 for one in 15.4 overs courtesy of the dictating partnership between openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. The commanding duo racked up their second hundred-run opening stand in just their fourth innings to give the Tigers a roaring start in the first of three one-day internationals against India before rain halted proceedings for around an hour yesterday evening.

The four-innings old southpaw combination is proving to be successful for Bangladesh as they appear to complement each other perfectly. Although a silly run-out broke the stand, by then Soumya had already made 54 off 40 balls and Bangladesh 102 in 13.4 overs.

The last ODI Soumya played, he had an unbeaten 127 beside his name against Pakistan and it was important for him to carry the momentum here, given that he had experienced a dismal Test outing recently. Tamim, in the meantime, recovered from his traumatic World Cup in emphatic style, notching two centuries in the same series against Pakistan in April and the question of him being consistent was also answered through his resolute 62-ball 60.  

The onslaught started in the sixth over when Tamim tore apart quickie Umesh Yadav for three fours and a six. He was lucky to get the first boundary off an edge that raced under Shikhar Dhawan at first slip, but followed it up with two more breathtaking boundaries with a slice over point and a straight pull towards the mid-on region before he danced down the track to send the ball over the cover ropes.

Once the tempo was set there was no looking back as Soumya in the next over struck Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s length balls twice for four.

MS Dhoni, playing three seamers, was forced to introduce off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the eighth over as the home side had already posted an effortless 55 on the scorecard. However, the slow-down tactics hardly kept Tamim and Soumya quiet as the latter took on Ashwin and maintained the flow of runs.

Soumya reached his half-century with a six off Ashwin over midwicket before his entertaining knock came to an end with a Suresh Raina direct hit from approximately 10 yards out as Tamim hesitated twice to leave his partner at no man’s land.

Tamim crossed his fifty just before the rain interruption and lost his way in the 11th ball after resumption when he lofted Ashwin straight to long-off. He made 62 off 60 balls.

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