Tamim Iqbal Wicket: Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal lost his cool following a controversial decision in the BAN vs SL 3rd ODI match at the Sher E Bangla Stadium.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first in the third ODI match, and for the first time, the 1996 World Champions managed to make a fight in this series.
A big century from captain Kusal Perera, 120 runs off 122 balls – 11 fours and one six – and Dhananjaya de Silva’s well-crafted inning of 55 runs – though slightly on the slower side as he took 70 balls – propelled the visitors to a challenging 286/6 total.
Bangladesh’s hopes of clean sweeping Sri Lanka took a big hit as the hosts lost three quick wickets, including Tamim Iqbal’s wicket, which actually was not a straightforward decision by any means.
Bangladesh were rocked early by two quick dismissals as Mohammad Naim and Shakib Al Hasan both headed back to the dressing room inside four overs. A 19-run stand between captain Tamim Iqbal and in-form batsman Mushfiqur Rahim took more than six overs but steadied the stumbling ship slightly.
However, Dushmantha Chameera, who had already taken the first two wickets, fixed Iqbal into playing a cover drive. Only he couldn’t as the ball travelled past and into the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
Initially, the umpire signalled Tamim Iqbal out but the captain opted for the DRS.
The footage was inconclusive as Tamim’s bat seemed to have hit the ground when the ball was close to the bat. The third umpire complied with the on-field umpire’s decision and signalled out. Tamim was not impressed at all and was heard using abusive language.
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Tamim Iqbal has a fairytale love story. His wife Ayesha Siddiqui fell in love with him when she was only 15-year-old. The feelings were mutual, but Tamim is a natural introvert. He proposed to Ayesha through a common friend. She happily accepted the proposal. As per reports in the media, Tamim and Ayesha were in an eight-year relationship before tying the knot in June 2013. The duo has two children.