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Tamim makes record breaking hundred

Update : 29 Dec 2013, 04:56 PM

Hard-hitting batsman Tamim Iqbal’s 130 off 64 balls for UCB BCB XI in the Amber Victory Day Twenty20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium led his side into the final yesterday.. The left-handed batsman returned to competitive cricket at the Twenty20 tournament after having been out of action with an abdomen injury he sustained in the home series against New Zealand in October-November this year.

“I had not held a cricket bat for a month when I started playing this tournament. I was recovering from an injury… a century no matter what level it is scored at, gives you a lot of confidence,” Tamim told the media after the match yesterday.

Tamim further informed that the century will also help him set his mind and rhythm ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka in January and later the Asia Cup.

The blistering innings is the highest by a Bangladeshi player in Twenty20 and the eight highest overall. It was also the fastest hundred by a Bangladeshi, coming up in just 52 balls.

 “It was a do-or-die match and it feels special to have performed. I can actually learn a lot from this kind of an innings and it will help me in the World Cup and the T20 series,” he added.

Rather than following a concrete plan, Tamim stated that he just “went with the flow”.

“I tried nothing different. I am the kind of batsman that if I can hit boundaries within the first six balls, then my confidence level increases. I hit two fours in the first two balls, I was going with the flow,” he said.

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