Iqbal leads Bangladesh to important win over Scotland

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  • Bangladesh calm in big run chase of 322
  • Pressure now on England in AdelaideScotland’s Coetzer’s 
  • historic big century in losing effort but named Man of the Match

Kyle Coetzer recorded Scotland’s first World Cup cen

  Reuters: Tamim Iqbal came agonisingly close to scoring Bangladesh’s first World Cup century as his side completed a six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. Iqbal scored 95, while Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (60) also contributed as Bangladesh achieved 322-4, their highest successful run chase in one-day internationals. 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. The victory put all the pressure on England for their showdown with Eoin Morgan’s side on 9 March in Adelaide, with Bangladesh now on five points and level with third-placed Australia, while England have two. Both have just two games remaining to play. Scotland had been well placed to achieve their first World Cup victory, days after throwing away the opportunity against Afghanistan, after Kyle Coetzer had scored a career-best 156 in his side’s 318 for eight. The 30-year-old’s innings was the first World Cup century by a Scotland batsman and also the highest score by someone from an associate nation at the global showpiece. It also ensured his team posted their highest score against a test nation. Coetzer, who was named man-of-the-match, shared in a 141-run partnership with captain Preston Mommsen (39) and 78 runs with Matt Machan (35) to anchor the innings. Scotland enjoyed their third 300-plus score in one-day internationals, having also achieved the mark against Ireland in 2011 and Canada in 2014. After Coetzer was dismissed in the 45th over with Scotland 269 for five, Richie Berrington (26) and Matt Cross (20) combined for a quickfire 39 runs that saw their side past 300. Bangladesh’s run chase was hampered before they even took the field with Anamul Haque ruled out after he dived to prevent a boundary in the 31st over and appeared to dislocate his right shoulder. He was immediately treated by medical staff but did not re-appear on the field during the remainder of Scotland’s innings and was sent to hospital for scans. Television showed him in a sling with an ice bag strapped to his shoulder. He was not needed as his team mates never looked in desperate trouble against Scotland’s attack despite some nervous moments after Mushfiqur holed out to Calum MacLeod at long-on with 72 runs still needed for victory. Shakib and Rahman however calmly ticked off the runs with the occasional big shot mixed with singles to achieve the win. Mahmudullah knocks the ball to the off side, Bangladesh v Scotland, World Cup 2015, Group A, Nelson, 5 March  

Haque suffers bad shoulder injury in Bangladesh win

  Reuters: Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque has suffered a total separation of his right shoulder but it was too early to determine how long he would be out of action, the team said on Thursday. Haque suffered the injury in the 31st over of Scotland’s innings of 318 for eight in their World Cup Pool A clash at Saxton Oval in Nelson. The 22-year-old dived to stop a ball on the boundary and got to his feet with his right arm hanging limply by his side. He left the field and went to hospital for scans. “Anamul has been diagnosed with a right AC joint strain, grade three,” a team spokesman told reporters in Nelson after Bangladesh scored 322 for four to record a six-wicket victory. “The team management is in consultation with local medical experts on this particular injury and we will decide on the best possible management. “At the moment we’re not able to say how long it might take for him to recover.” A Grade Three injury results in a total separation of the shoulder joint and typically can take up to three months of rehabilitation if the person does not require surgery. Haque’s absence from the lineup did not prevent Bangladesh from calmly chasing down the total with Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with 95 and Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) guiding Mashrafe Mortaza’s side home with 11 balls to spare to cap off the perfectly timed run chase.