The Asia Cup 2018 opener turned out to be a one-sided affair as Bangladesh crushed Sri Lanka by a big margin of 137 runs in Dubai.
Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim's 144, what caught everyone's eyes is Tamim Iqbal coming out to bat with a fractured wrist. Yes, Tamim showed immense courage to come out and bat for his country when the total wasn't enough for a fight.
A delivery on the last ball from Lakmal of the second over had struck Tamim on his left wrist. The injury was so serious he had to walk back immediately.
No one had expected him to come back again on the cricket field yesterday, but Tamim fighting for his team was beyond everyone's belief.
Bangladesh was on 229/9 and the innings would have been over had the injured left-handed batsman not decided to bat. His team added 32 runs after he came out to bat, finishing on 261 which turned out to be more than enough score for Sri Lankans who were bundled out on just 124 runs.
Twitter applauded Tamim Iqbal's return to the crease despite an injury.
Here is how they reacted:
Tamim Iqbal walked in at No. 11 and batted with one hand after suffering a fracture on his left wrist. WOW! Amazing courage shown by the Peshawar Zalmi opener. Brave! pic.twitter.com/pgkFCYYl7r— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal has come out to support Rahim despite a broken hand.— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 15, 2018
It takes courage to put the team and the nation ahead of oneself and this is what we truly call #CricketMeriJaan ????
Well done ???????? #BANvSL #AsiaCup
No matter what he does from here, that one ball Tamim Iqbal played single handedly on return will define him. #BANvSL— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) September 15, 2018
Huge respect for @TamimOfficial28— UnstupidMe (@2eyedman) September 15, 2018
Playing for your country amd batting with just one hand after wrist fracture!
You are a hero, Sir.
Love for cricket, Love for your country! ????#BANvSL #TamimIqbal #AsiaCup2018 #respect #Hero
Graeme Smith did it before. Today it was Tamim Iqbal pic.twitter.com/ckC4Q22YOv— Abhishek ???????? #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) September 15, 2018