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Dashing Bangladesh opener gets contract after impressing in Asia Cup
By IPL desk
Mumbai 29 March 2012
Pune Warriors India have signed up Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal as a replacement for the injured James Hopes. Tamim is the Pune franchise’s second international signing this week after Australian captain Michael Clarke. Pune Warriors have now filled in all their international spots, acquiring 11 overseas players.
The flamboyant Bangladesh opening batsman is in prolific form, having scored four half-centuries in the recently concluded Asia Cup. As a result, he played major role in the hosts making it to the finals of that tournament.
Tamim’s Twenty20 form, however, is modest as is reflected in his numbers in the Bangladesh Premier League. He played two matches for the Chittagong Kings, scoring eight runs.
Shane Watson and Michael Hussey starred in a 108-run stand as Australia comfortably beat West Indies by eight wickets in the first T20I of the two-match series being played between the two sides. Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts managed to get to a score of 150 thanks to Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard’s blustery half-century. Pollard, who recently won the Player-of-the-series award in the five-match ODI contest between the two sides, came into bat with the score at 66 for three in the 11th over but only managed to score his first run in the 13th over of the innings.
Then, with West Indies losing their fourth wicket off the first ball of the 13th over at 72 for four, Pollard helped the hosts score 78 off the last 7.5 overs as he smashed a 26-ball 54* that included five sixes. Deccan Chargers’ Daniel Christian took three for 27 while Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brett Lee finished with two for 30 as Australia managed to restrict the West Indies to 150 despite the Pollard onslaught.
The visitors lost Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner (0) in the very first over of their run chase. However, Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Watson and Chennai Super Kings’ Mike Hussey struck their seventh and third half-centuries in T20I cricket respectively to build a solid platform for the visitors. Watson (43-ball 69) was eventually dismissed in the 13th over, but with Hussey remaining unbeaten on 59* (off 45 balls) and CSK’s George Bailey (17-ball 21*) also contributing, Australia cruised home with 11 deliveries to spare.
The second T20I between the two sides will be played on March 30 at Bridgetown.
Brief scores: Australia 153/2 in 18.1 overs (Shane Watson 69, Mike Hussey 59*, Krishmar Santokie 1/27) beat West Indies 150/7 in 20.0 overs (Kieron Pollard 54*, Daniel Christian 3/27, Brett Lee 2/30) by eight wickets
Man-of-the-match: Shane Watson for his allround performance; 4-0-16-1 and 43-ball 69