Tamim Iqbal: This Could Turn Into A Good Match

Tamim Iqbal: This Could Turn Into A Good Match
Tamim Iqbal: This Could Turn Into A Good Match
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Bangladesh have not given up victory or a draw in the first Test against Sri Lanka, with opening batsman Tamim Iqbal saying that if his side can bat until lunch, then the game could "turn into a very good Test match."

In pursuit of 521 to win, Bangladesh closed day four on 254 for five with captain Mohammad Ashraful unbeaten on 70.

Tamim himself was out for 47 when he played a rash pull shot and he also took the blame for the run out of opening partner Imrul Kayes.

"I have been getting lots of 20s and 30s during the past few months and that played on my mind when I moved into the 40s," he explained. "Maybe I was a bit nervous and wanted to get to the half century quickly. I thought I could relax a bit once I reached that mark. It was a wrong shot to play at that stage and probably it was not one of my strengths. Maybe on another day, another situation and I would have thought differently."

"I guess I was more to blame to be very honest," he said of the run out of Kayes. "It was a late call from me and I ran down to the other end quickly and he didn’t have any option but to run. Otherwise I would have been run out. It was a mistake and an unnecessary run.

"If the current partnership is still there at lunch tomorrow then this could turn into a very good Test match," Tamim concluded after Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan added 74 for the sixth wicket.

"Ashraful and Shakib batted very well in the final session," Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan said. "That can happen in Test cricket.

"[There is] still a long way to go before Bangladesh can think of putting any kind of pressure on us. We need two wickets and then it is the tail. In two overs the new ball is due. It is a fresh day tomorrow and we should go on to win."

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