We don’t get to be in this position every day: Tamim



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Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal bats during the first day of the first cricket Test match against Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on January 31, 2018.


Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said that the hosts were happy to end the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in a position of strength and having avoided a collapse on Wednesday (January 31). Bangladesh ended the first day at 374 for 4 on the back of a record third-wicket partnership between Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim, who added 236 runs.


Suranga Lakmal brought some much-needed relief for the visitors by dismissing Rahim, with his persistence line outside-off paying off. Poor judgment from Liton Das meant that Lakmal could bag his second wicket in as many deliveries, but Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah saw through the remainder of the day’s play without any further damage; Mominul remained unbeaten on 175, while Mahmudullah was not out on 9 when the stumps were drawn.


"It would have been a complete performance if the second wicket stand finished the day," Tamim said after play. "We were a little anxious to avoid the collapse which we often have had after a big partnership. It was unfortunate for Liton to get out just after Mushfiq got out.


"I still believe it was a fantastic day for us. We were very positive and attacking from ball one. It was nice to see," he added.


Tamim, who set the tone for the hosts by playing some scintillating strokes that gave them an initial moral boost, said that they planned to go after them to unsettle their line and length.


"My plan to put them under pressure clicked. I was trying to attack their main bowlers from ball one which put them in a situation where we wanted them," said Tamim. "They have two world-class spinners but at one point they didn’t know where to bowl. We knew their past record, so to successfully attack them makes us happy," he said.


Tamim hoped that the wicket would start to turn from the second day, and also that the ideal situation for them would be if they capitalized on their opening day performance.


"I hope the wicket becomes difficult from tomorrow when they come to bat," said Tamim. "Our responsibility would be to capitalize on this position and score as much as possible. A big score is always pressure regardless of the pitch. I won’t put up a number, but we are in a position from where we can score more runs. We don’t get to be in this position every day.


"We have six wickets in hand, and we have a good run-rate. We need to make sure we start well tomorrow. If we can build more partnerships, we can score pretty big,’ he added.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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