Bangladesh have kept their hopes of a Quarter Finals berth alive, after a morale boosting 6 wicket victory against Scotland at Nelson. The Bangladeshi batting unit came good on a lively Nelson track, and successfully chased down Scotland’s total of 318, with 11 balls to spare. Tamim Iqbal top scored for the Asian outfit with 95, and Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan made useful contributions of 62, 60 and 52 respectively.
Bangladesh decide to bowl first, bag wickets up front
Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed rocked the Scottish boat early in the match, and reduced Preston Mommsen’s side to 38-2 in the 10th over. The innings was resurrected by Matt Machan and Kyle Coetzer with a 78 run stand for the third wicket. Later, skipper Mommsen too played his part in helping in form Coetzer take full toll of the undisciplined Bangladeshi bowling. Coetzer created history by becoming the first Scottish batsman to register a ton in a Cricket World Cup, and went on to score a massive 134 ball 156. Finishing touches to the well constructed Scotland innings were provided by Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross, as they took the total to 318/8 in 50 overs.
Bangladesh lose an early wicket, but Tamim Iqbal holds fort
The wicket of opener Soumya Sarkar in the very 2nd over of the chase meant that Bangladesh were in for a rough ride! However, a quickfire 139 run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah, for the 2nd wicket, averted such a possibility. While both players were equally assertive and aggressive in their strokeplay, Tamim Iqbal appeared to be more active. Mahmudullah, at the other end, played second fiddle to Tamim and they collectively ensured that the required run rate was never out of reach.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman finish off the chase
Tamim Iqbal was unfortunate to miss out on a century, when on 95 he was declared out leg before wicket to Josh Davey. Mushfiqur Rahim then took charge of the innings and steered the chase with an aggressive 42 ball 60. Shakib Al Hasan kept milking the singles when Rahim was in full flow, but switched gears when his partner was dismissed in the 38th over. Sabbir Rahman, who came in after Rahim’s dismissal, kept the momentum going and the boundaries were flowing in every over. Bangladesh ultimately got to the target in 48.1 overs, and Shakib Al Hasan got to his half century by hitting the winning runs!
Man of the Match – Kyle Coetzer