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Tamim double-ton guides Bangladesh to draw

His record opening stand of 312 with Kayes and knock by Shakib takes team to 555 for 6 on final day of first Test

Tamim double-ton guides Bangladesh to draw - Cricket News
Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal reacts after scoring a double century (200) during the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on May 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN

Tamim Iqbal’s maiden double-century was the highlight of the final day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan that ended in a draw in Khulna on Saturday (May 2).

Trailing Pakistan by 296 runs in the first innings, Bangladesh made 555 for 6 in its second knock before play was called off at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Tamim’s 206 was the highest individual score by a Bangladeshi batsman, surpassing Mushfiqur Rahim’s 200 against Sri Lanka in March 2013.

Unbeaten on 138 overnight, Tamim scored his first boundary of the day off Yasir Shah to clear off Bangladesh’s deficit. He and Imrul Kayes, who had put on 273 runs for the opening wicket on Friday, added 39 more to take the partnership to 312 before Zulfiqar Babar had Kayes caught at long-off by Babar Azam, the substitute fielder, for 150.

It was Bangladesh’s best partnership for any wicket in Test cricket.

Mominul Haque and Tamim fell to Junaid Khan before Bangladesh crossed 400, but Shakib Al Hasan’s unbeaten 76 ensured that the home team kept its unbeaten record against Pakistan on this tour intact.

Mohammad Hafeez had Tamim stumped in the 99th over of the innings, by when the Bangladesh opener had spent 448 minutes at the crease, played out 278 balls and hit 17 fours and seven sixes.

The second and final Test starts in Dhaka on May 6.

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