Tamim played a match-winning 82-run knock in the second and final Test match against the Lankans last week. He was rested for a few days and even sat out the one-off practice match. And the days off seemed to have paid off in some style as the dashing opener carried his brilliant run of form with the bat, getting Bangladesh off to a flying start.
Tamim’s 127-run innings was a blend of maturity and aggression. While Sabbir Rahman batted magnificently during the second-wicket partnership, Tamim kept rotating the strike beautifully, ticking along the scoreboard.
Bangladesh then lost two quick wickets but Tamim played sensibly and formed another scintillating partnership with Shakib al Hasan.
The left-hander hit 15 boundaries and a six during his 142-ball knock. After opening the batting, Tamim got out in the 48th over.
During the course of his blistering 127, Tamim created quite a few records. He became the first Bangladesh batsman to cross 10,000 international runs across three formats of the game. Tamim was one run short of the landmark prior to the first ODI.
The southpaw touched that milestone in the opening over of the match. Tamim has made 3677 runs in 94 Test innings at an average of 39.53 and 1202 runs in 55 T20Is at 24.04. Following the first ODI against the Lankans, he now has 5247 runs in 162 innings at 33.
It is Tamim's second century against the Lankans. No other Bangladesh batsman has managed a ton against the island nation. His first hundred against the Lankans (112) came on March 23, 2013.
Tamim also became the highest individual run-scorer at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium. He leapfrogged Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who made 124 off 60 balls against Bangladesh during the 2010 Asia Cup.