Bangladesh defeat Scotland chasing 318
05 March 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh would have been engulfed in insecurity over their quarter-final chances – they had to make 319 runs without their regular opener. What transpired in Nelson though was them beating Scotland by six wickets, keeping themselves in contention and finding out that they can successfully chase a stiff target on a big occasion.
Scotland, powered by Kyle Coetzer’s magnificent 156 towards their 318 for 8 in 50 overs, lost their best chance to win a World Cup match. They struggled to break partnerships and seize the momentum, as Bangladesh completed only their third 300-plus chase, the last one coming against New Zealand in November 2013.
To counter Coetzer, Bangladesh’s senior firm Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan struck fifties to complete the victory.
The crunching sound of Kyle Coetzer’s bat will ring in Bangladesh’s ears as they contemplate chasing 318 runs to avoid being defeated by Scotland. A fight for a place in the World Cup quarter finals will be far from their mind, but they would fancy their chances on a near-perfect batting wicket at Saxton Oval.
Coetzer’s 156 was the first hundred by a Scotland batsman in a World Cup and their second highest score in ODIs. The previous highest was Gavin Hamilton’s 76 against Pakistan in 1999 and he also went past David Houghton’s 142 against New Zealand in 1987 as the best for a non-Test nation.
Coetzer reached his hundred in the 38th over hitting Rubel Hossain over long-on for a six, bringing up his second ODI century. The 134-ball innings contained 17 fours and four sixes, forming the major force behind Scotland’s effort to win their first World Cup match.
They reached 300-plus for the first time against a Full Member side, their previous highest being 211 against England five years ago. However, they would have to become the first team to defend a total at the Saxton Oval in this tournament after West Indies and UAE failed to do so in the two previous matches here.
Bangladesh may have to take on the tricky chase without their regular opener Anamul Haque who dislocated his shoulder while saving a boundary in the 31st over. He was taken to a nearby hospital for a scan and he may be followed there by Richie Berrington, who was struck on his left hand by a Matt Cross drive in the 49th over, and Mashrafe Mortaza who limped throughout the second half of the Scotland innings.
Mashrafe gave Bangladesh the early breakthrough before Taskin Ahmed took the second wicket. But the dismissals of Calum MacLeod and Hamish Gardiner inside the first ten overs hardly validated Mashrafe’s decision to bowl first as they were far too defensive. If it was not for Shakib Al Hasan teasing the Scotland openers, Bangladesh could have given away more than 39 for 2 in the first ten overs.
During this time, Coetzer faced just 16 balls. But then he began to get more involved, adding 78 runs for the third wicket with Matt Machan, who made 35 off 50 balls. He became Sabbir Rahman’s first ODI victim, chipping the ball back at the legspinner
Coetzer looked like a batsman in tune with the situation as he increased his scoring rate rapidly. He reached his half-century off 54 balls in the 25th over, with a little help from Taskin who missed a simple bit of fielding, the ball going through his legs for a boundary.
Most of Coetzer’s innings was made of substance rather than luck. He hardly put a foot wrong despite sometimes using minimal footwork. He timed the ball very well through the covers or hammered the pull shots, one of which nearly struck square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford.
Coetzer’s best shot remained a whip off his legs against Shakib, finding the gap between midwicket and mid-on. After reaching his hundred off 103 balls, Coetzer unleashed on Rubel in the 40th over with stinging cover and straight drives for fours before blazing him over mid-off for a six. He needed just 26 balls to reach his third fifty, hitting four boundaries and two sixes during this phase.
Coetzer and Preston Mommsen added 141 runs for the fourth wicket, Scotland’s highest for any wicket against a Full Member side. Mommsen’s 39 off 38 balls went almost unnoticed in the face of Coetzer’s brilliance, but the Scotland captain provided superb support. Both Mommsen and Coetzer were caught at midwicket by Soumya Sarkar, but not before they inflicted severe damage on Bangladesh’s bowling.
Shakib was easily Bangladesh’s best bowler through his economy while Taskin finished with three wickets. Rubel, Mashrafe and Mahmudullah were the big disappointments while Nasir Hossain and Sabbir were hammered later in the innings after they started well.
Before he was injured, Berrington, who has a T20 century against Bangladesh in 2012, slammed 26 off 16 balls. He was dismissed the delivery after he was stung on the wrist by Cross, and it remained to be seen whether he would be able to bowl. Cross struck a useful 20 off 14 balls, before Taskin had him caught at cover.