12 July 2009
Maiden Test century by left handed opener Tamim Iqbal has put Bangladesh in a commanding position in the first Digicel Test against West Indies. Bangladesh ended day four with a 252 runs lead with 5 wickets remaining in the second innings.
Tamim hammered 17 boundaries in his 243 ball 128 and shared a record 146 run second wicket partnership with Zunaid Siddique who scored a career best 78 with the help of four boundaries. Bangladesh started the day on 26/0 and slowly erased the first innings deficit with a cautious 82 run opening partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes (24).
Bangladesh scored at a sluggish pace for most part of the day but upped the ante in the final session of the day to take control of the match. However, Bangladesh were on a spot of bother when they lost three quick wickets in the space of nine runs while trying to accelerate the run rate, but stand-in-captain Shakib-Al-Hasan and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim prevented the collapse with an assuring 54 run partnership.
Bangladesh will look to extend their lead over 300 runs on the final morning before declaring and bowl WI out in two and a half sessions to secure their first ever away Test win. Play will start half an hour early and maximum 98 overs will be available on the final day.