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Tamim reaches 5000-run club in ODIs

  • Published at 05:45 pm October 12th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:23 am October 13th, 2016
Tamim reaches 5000-run club in ODIs
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal entered the record books of Bangladesh cricket when he became the first Tigers batsman to reach the 5000-run club in ODIs during the third and final game against England at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Tamim required 38 runs to reach the milestone. The Chittagong lad eventually made 45 from 68 balls, featuring five sweetly-timed boundaries. The local crowd was cheering the southpaw's name loudly when he was on 37 and he duly responded, smashing a beautiful four off paceman Chris Woakes to reach the landmark. It was a genuine bouncer from Woakes but Tamim nailed it perfectly, executing a delightful pull shot. Following the milestone, the ZACS crowd erupted in celebration as one of their own wrote his name on the record books.

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The left-hander's promising innings came to an end when he tried to clear the in-field off the bowling of leg-spinner Adil Rashid only to find James Vince at cover. Tamim reached the milestone in his 158th innings. He scored his first 1000 runs in his 37th innings, 2000 in 70th, 3000 in 102nd and 4000 in 137th. He has scored seven centuries and 33 fifties in the ODI format. He struck one century each against Afghanistan, England, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and two against Pakistan. His highest score of 154 came against Zimbabwe in 2009. Five among his seven hundreds were scored at home with the other two coming abroad (against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe). After Wednesday, his runs tally stands at 5007 runs with an average of 32.30 and a strike rate of 78.10.