Tamim Iqbal has not scored a century in Tests for three years. Considering the home field, this time is more - than 6 years! In the end, both grievances were resolved at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The left-arm opener scored his tenth Test century on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. If he gets another century, he will touch Mominul Haque who has scored the highest 11 centuries for the country.
Tamim retired hurt on 133 off 217 balls after reaching his 10th Test hundred with a four and single off Asitha Fernando off successive balls before tea.
The southpaw couldn’t continue as he had to return to the dressing room after he suffered a cramp. He was now just 19 runs shy of becoming the first Bangladeshi to reach the 5,000-run landmark in Test.
‘Tamim’s performance is fantastic. Twenty more runs left [19 runs]. He can come back when we think he’s fit. The discipline today [Tuesday] was exactly what we asked for,’ said Siddons at the post-day press conference on Tuesday.
The local boy formed a 162-run stand with his fellow opening partner Mahmudul Hasan Joy before the latter gloved a short ball from Asitha Fernando to depart for 58. The Australian praised the resilience of the opening duo.