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Bangladesh sinks Scotland to keep hopes alive

Bangladesh has beaten Scotland by six wickets in Nelson for their second win of the Cricket World Cup.

Bangladesh reached 4-322 with two overs to spare thanks in large part to opener Tamim Iqbal (95 off 100 balls) and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (60 off 42).

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Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) guided Mashrafe Mortaza’s side home with 11 balls to spare to cap off the perfectly timed run chase.

Kyle-Coetzer

Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer.

Earlier, Scotland notched its highest score of the Cup thus far, reaching 8-318 from their 50 overs courtesy of a swashbuckling 156 off 134 from opener Kyle Coetzer.

Coetzer became the first Scot to score a World Cup century, to provide the bulk of his team’s runs against an ordinary Bangladeshi bowling attack.

Scotland, without a Cricket World Cup win to its name in its history, also had Preston Mommsen (39) and Matt Machan (35) to thank for contributions in the middle order.

Taskin Ahmed produced Bangladesh’s best figures of 3-43 in seven overs.

The victory cements Bangladesh in fourth place in Pool A, moving the Tigers three points ahead of fifth-placed England.

They are now even with Australia on five points, while Scotland is still winless from four matches and stuck on the bottom of the pool.

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