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    T20 WORLD CUP:- Bangladesh beat Oman in a rain-affected qualifier

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    Tamim Iqbal scored a blazing, unbeaten 63-ball 103 to power Bangladesh to a comprehensive win over Oman in a rain-affected qualifier and progress to the main draw of the World T20 at the HPCA stadium here on Sunday.

    Put in, Bangladesh relied on Tamim’s scintillating knock to post 180 for two, and beat Oman by 54 runs by the D/L method to top Group A, and join India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia in Group-2 of the Super 10.

    Tamim made an emphatic statement by racing to his maiden T20 International century, his innings a rare mix of responsible batting and extraordinary stroke-play.

    Tamim used his soft hands to score boundaries even of good balls before switching to some ferocious hammering. He struck 10 fours and five mighty sixes to blow away the hapless Associate side. His knock overshadowed Shabbir Rahman’s 26-ball 44.

    On a slow pitch, except medium-pacer Bilal Khan and off-spinner Amir Ali, the Oman bowlers were wayward in their line and length. Sloppy fielding added to their woes.

    Oman was 41 for two after seven overs when rain intervened.

    On resumption, Oman had a revised target of 152 runs off 16 overs. It was at 45 for four in 8.2 overs before the covers came on again. When play started once more, Oman needed 75 more off 22 deliveries but managed just 20.

    The scores:

    Bangladesh 180 for two (Tamim Iqbal 103 not out, Shabbir Rahman 44) bt Oman 65 for nine in 12 overs (Jatinder Singh 25, Shakib Al Hasan four for 15) by D/L method.

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