In the first session, the Tigers plundered 122 runs in 28 overs for the loss of two wickets and Tamim scored 86 of those
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal believes the batsmen have themselves to blame for poor shots after the visiting side squandered a good start on the first day of the first Test match against New Zealand in Hamilton.
The left-hander played an aggressive innings and took the attack to the Kiwi pacers in an innings of 126 runs from 128 deliveries.
The innings included 21 fours and one maximum.
In the first session, the Tigers plundered 122 runs in 28 overs for the loss of two wickets and Tamim scored 86 of those.
The 29-year old negotiated the early swing and attacked anything short and wide against the New Zealand pacers, especially Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
“I just batted long enough. I thought I had a very clear plan. If the ball was there to be hit, I’d hit it. Luckily I got a few boundaries early and just kept on batting the way I like,” Tamim said at the post day press-conference on Thursday.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first on a surface that had a sprinkling of grass on it, but as Tamim and co-opener Shadman Islam showed, there was no uneven bounce and the ball was coming on nicely to the bat.
“It’s a greenish wicket but it didn’t do too much. I thought it was a very, very good wicket,” Tamim explained.
The second session saw a familiar Bangladesh batting collapse as the batsmen surrendered to the short pitch bowling of Neil Wagner and the hosts took total control of the game.
Bangladesh headed into tea at 217/7 and Wagner took 5/47 in his 16.2 overs.
Tamim believes the batsmen could have scored more runs.
If all the other batsmen had applied themselves better and selected their shots properly against the short-pitch bowling Tamim thinks Bangladesh would have been in a better position.
“We should have scored a lot more runs. At the end of the day we have ourselves to blame,” he added.
Bangladesh were eventually all out in the third session having batted 59.2 overs and scoring 234 runs and Tamim expressed that a much higher total would have been the par score in this pitch.
“If we could have batted the whole day and scored around 350 to 400 runs it would have been a decent total,” Tamim concluded.
1ST TEST, DAY 1
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS R B
Tamim c Williamson b De Grandhomme 126 128
Shadman b Boult 24 32
Mominul c Watling b Wagner 12 46
Mithun c Latham b Wagner 8 24
Soumya c Watling b Southee 1 9
Mahmudullah c Boult b Wagner 22 43
Liton c Boult b Wagner 29 58
Miraz c Nicholls b Wagner 10 6
Jayed c Watling b Southee 2 4
Khaled b Southee 0 6
Ebadat c and b Wagner 0 0
Total (59.2 overs) 234 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-57 (Shadman), 2-121 (Mominul), 3-147 (Mithun), 4-149 (Soumya), 5-180 (Tamim), 6-207 (Mahmudullah), 7-217 (Miraz), 8-226 (Jayed), 9-234 (Khaled), 10-234 (Liton)
Boult 13-1-62-1, Southee 14-2-76-3, De Grandhomme 11-0-39-1, Wagner 16.2-4-47-5, Astle 5-1-10-0
NEW ZEALAND 1ST INNINGS R B
Raval not out 51 89
Latham not out 35 79
Total (28 overs) 86/0
Jayed 8-1-15-0, Ebadat 8-3-26-0, Khaled 6-3-6-0, Soumya 1-0-8-0, Miraz 5-0-31-0
New Zealand trail by 148 runs