Sun | Dec 11, 2016

Bangladesh ease past Scotland

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh.

NELSON, New Zealand (AP):

Tamim Iqbal scored 95 to steer Bangladesh's largest successful run chase in one-day international cricket as they beat Scotland by six wickets to keep alive their quarterfinal chances at the World Cup.

Scotland set Bangladesh 319 to win yesterday after posting 318-8, an innings built around a record-breaking 156 by opener Kyle Coetzer.

Iqbal's innings of 95 from 100 balls, which was the highest by a Bangladesh batsman in a World Cup match, and his partnership of 139 with Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) established the strong pace that was necessary for Bangladesh to achieve its target with 11 balls to spair.

Iqbal was out in the 32nd over when Bangladesh were 201-3, leaving a lot of work still to do, but he had cleared the way: Bangladesh were 191-2 after 30 overs where Scotland had been 152-3.

Mushfiqur Rahim then spurred the Bangladesh chase, which was the second-highest successful run chase in World Cup history, scoring 60 from 42 balls.

Bangladesh were a batsman down after regular opener Anamul Haque dislocated a shoulder while fielding. That made a solid and fast-paced start essential if they were to run down Scotland's demanding total.

When Rahim was out, with 72 runs still required, Shakib Al Hasan made an unbeaten 52 and Sabbir Rahman added 42 in an unbroken stand for the fifth wicket to guide Bangladesh to their second win at the tournament.

Bangladesh have now beaten Afghanistan and Scotland and shared points with Australia in a washed-out match to take five points and stake a strong claim for a place in the tournament quarterfinals. But they have tough matches remaining against England and New Zealand, and may have to win one of those games to ensure they progress.

"Our bowlers haven't bowled well, but the good thing is the batters got runs, especially with a big match (against England) coming up," Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. "We still have two chances. We will try our level best against England, if not against New Zealand."

The Scottish squad was disheartened to have lost in a match in which they set so many team milestones.

Coetzer compiled the first century for Scotland in a World Cup match and his 156 - his second ODI hundred - was the second-highest individual total for Scotland in all ODIs, and the highest score by a batsman from an associate - or second-tier - team in World Cup matches.