MATCH 27: Kyle Coetzer scored Scotland’s first World Cup century, but Bangladesh achieved the tournament’s second-highest run-chase to win by six wickets in Nelson.
Only Ireland’s victory chase against England in Bangalore in 2011 was tougher and the win takes Bangladesh within a win of securing a place in the quarterfinal.
Set 319 to win, Bangladesh struggled to begin with when Soumya Sarkar fell to the fifth ball of the innings, but from then on they batted with immense composure and little risk.
“It got tight but the batters did extremely well,” said Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain. “Our bowlers still haven’t bowled well but the batsmen are really performing which is encouraging.
“We will do our very best to beat England, we have two chances to get the win and qualify so hopefully that will happen.”
Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah added 139 off 130 balls to take Bangladesh to 144 in the 24th over before Iain Wardlaw broke Mahmudullah’s defence to bowl him for a run-a-ball 62.
Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim powered Bangladesh beyond 200 in the 33rd over, but then Iqbal (95 off 100) went lbw to Josh Davey.
Shakib Al Hasan joined Rahim as both scored fifties. Rahim hit 6 fours and 2 sixes on his way to 60 in 42-balls before hitting Davey into the hands of long-on in the 38th over.
Sabbir Rehman hit 42 off 40 balls as he, and Shakib (52 off 41) remained unbeaten as Bangladesh secured the winning runs with 11 balls to spare.
Kyle Coetzer had earlier scored a scintillating century that had raised Scottish hopes of securing a first ever World Cup win.
Mortaza had inserted Scotland, expecting help for the seamers, and he was rewarded when Scotland slipped to 38 for two as Callum MacLeod (11) and Hamish Gardiner (19) fell early.
Coetzer and Matt Machan combined for the third wicket with a 78-run partnership off 85 balls. Machan (35 off 50 balls) was the more circumspect of the pair as Coetzer took the role of aggressor.
Machan left the scene in the 24th over after stubbing a return catch to Rehman, and Scotland’s skipper, Preston Mommsen (39 off 85), then added 141 runs off just 113 deliveries for the fourth wicket to give Scotland hope of going past the 300-run mark for the first time in its World Cup history.
Coetzer reached the first ton scored by a Scotland batsman in a World Cup match from 103 deliveries.
Mommsen holed out, caught by Soumya Sarkar at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nasir Hossain, in the 43rd over. Coetzer finally fell for 156 from 134 balls, including 17 fours and 4 sixes before Richie Berrington and Mathew Cross pushed their side to their highest total against a Test playing nation, 318 for eight.
In true Scotland World Cup style – it was so nearly enough.
“Very tough to take, we did a lot right but didn’t produce,” said Mommsen after the match. “We couldn’t create enough chances to take 10 wickets.
“I mixed the bowlers up to keep them guessing but they batted well and credit to them. Kyle Coetzer played brilliantly and it is a huge moment for him and the team.”
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