Tamim faced just 13 balls before retiring hurt. © Getty Images

Tamim faced just 13 balls before retiring hurt. © Getty Images

Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opening batsman, was forced to retire hurt with a thigh muscle injury after facing just 13 balls on the first day of his team’s three-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Willowmoore Park on Thursday (September 21).

Bangladesh made 306 for 7 declared after winning the toss. The Invitation XI were 21 for 1 at the close.

Tamim, a veteran of 51 Tests and the team’s all-time leading run-scorer, made five runs before leaving the field in the fifth over. Minhazul Nanna, the Bangladesh team manager, said the batsman had suffered a strained right thigh muscle. He left the field as a precaution and his condition will be assessed on Friday following a scan.

Bangladesh are already without leading all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is being rested from the two-Test series against South Africa which starts next Thursday.

Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain, and Sabbir Rahman made half-centuries for the visiting side but Mahmudullah, who is hoping to make a comeback to the Test side after being dropped earlier this year, was out first ball to 19-year-old fast bowler Michael Cohen, who took 4 for 23.

Brief Scores: Bangladeshis 306-7 d (Soumya Sarkar 43, Imrul Kayes 34, Mominul Haque 68, Mushfiqur Rahim 63, Sabbir Rahman 58 not out; Michael Cohen 4-23) v SA Invitation XI 21-1.