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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 00:11 GMT 01:11 UK


Bangladesh's first triumph

Scotland's John Blain catches Hasibul Hussain off his own bowling

Bangladesh 185-9, Scotland 163. Bangladesh win by 23 runs.

There have been mass celebrations in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, after the country won its first Cricket World Cup match, against Scotland in Edinburgh.

The home side were well on top in the "battle of the minnows" and heading for their maiden win after Bangladesh had slumped to 26-5 at the Grange.

But the innings turned on a dropped catch by Iain Philip which let Minhazul Abedin off the hook and allowed him to drag his side back into the contest with an unbeaten 68 as Bangladesh carded 185-9.

In reply Scotland struggled to 8-3 and despite stumbling on the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Yorkshire all-rounder Gavin Hamilton again top-scored, but once he was run out in bizarre fashion for 63 the contest was effectively over and the Scots stumbled to 163 all out - 23 runs short of their victory target.

Hamilton was at the non-striker's end when Monjural Islam bowled a half-volley to Alec Davies which the Scot clattered straight back. Monjural dived in desperation, trying to save the boundary, and managed the merest of touches which deflected the ball into the stumps.

"I knew I was out immediately," said Hamilton. "These things happen, and there is nothing you can do.

"At that stage we had the match in the bag, and I was so frustrated to see the stumps go down."

Minzanhul off the hook

The crucial moment in the Bangladesh innings came when Minhazul, with only three to his name, edged Hamilton to Philip at first slip - but the opener, who held three catches in the innings, spilled the vital one and Minhazul needed no second invitation.


[ image: Khaled Mahmud celebrates taking the wicket of James Brinkley]
Khaled Mahmud celebrates taking the wicket of James Brinkley
The batsman duly completed his first 50 in 24 internationals to help resurrect his side's effort after they had suffered in the cold and blustery Scottish conditions.

It had taken the Scots no time at all to rip through the top order, as John Blain and Asim Butt justified skipper George Salmond's decision to put the opposition in.

The reliable Blain finished with 4-37 and Butt, who showed real ferocity, took 2-24.

However, just when Scotland looked set for a resounding victory. Minhazul led the fightback.

He steadied the ship with a sixth-wicket partnership of 69 with Naimur Rahman (36) and another rash of wides helped Bangladesh post a respectable total.

- Group B: Scotland v Bangladesh
24 May 99 at Edinburgh

Bangladesh beat Scotland by 22 runs Scorecard correct at 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK

Scotland 163 all out (46.2overs)
Bangladesh 185 for 9 (50overs) , overs completed


Scotland innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
BMW Patterson lbw b Hasibul Hussain 0 2 - -
IL Philip lbw b Monjural Islam 3 17 - -
MJ Smith c Khaled Mashud b Hasibul Hussain 1 13 - -
IM Stanger lbw b Minhazul Abedin 10 35 - -
G Salmond c Faruque Ahmed b Monjural Islam 19 31 3 -
GM Hamilton run out 63 71 4 1
JE Brinkley c Hasibul Hussain b Khaled Mahmud 5 31 - -
AG Davies c Monjural Islam b Khaled Mahmud 32 65 3 -
JAR Blain run out 9 16 - -
Asim Butt c Khaled Mahmud b Enamul Hoque 1 3 - -
NR Dyer not out 0 - - -
Extras 0b 1lb 13w 6nb 20
TOTAL: 46.2 overs 163

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (0 Patterson, 0 mins), 2-8 (8 Smith, 20 mins), 3-8 (0 Philip, 4 mins), 4-37 (29 Salmond, 35 mins), 5-49 (12 Stanger, 15 mins), 6-83 (34 Brinkley, 31 mins), 7-138 (55 Hamilton, 59 mins), 8-158 (20 Davies, 14 mins), 9-163 (5 Blain, 7 mins), 10-163 (0 Butt, - mins)

Bowler O M R W
Hasibul Hussain 8 1 26 2
Monjural Islam 9 2 33 2
Khaled Mahmud 9 2 27 2
Minhazul Abedin 3 0 12 1
Naimur Rahman 10 0 41 0
Enamul Hoque 7.2 0 23 1
Bangladesh innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Khaled Mashud c Philip b Blain 0 9 - -
Mehrab Hossain c Dyer b Butt 3 20 - -
Faruque Ahmed b Blain 7 24 1 -
Aminul Islam lbw b Blain 0 1 - -
Akram Khan c Philip b Butt 0 14 - -
Minhazul Abedin not out 68 116 6 -
Naimur Rahman c Stanger b Brinkley 36 58 5 -
Khaled Mahmud c Salmond b Dyer 0 4 - -
Enamul Hoque c Philip b Dyer 19 40 1 -
Hasibul Hussain c & b Blain 6 18 - -
Monjural Islam not out 2 7 - -
Extras 0b 5lb 28w 11nb 44
TOTAL: 9 wkts, 50 overs 185

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (6 Khaled Mashud, 11 mins), 2-12 (6 Mehrab Hossain, 12 mins), 3-13 (1 Aminul Islam, 2 mins), 4-24 (11 Akram Khan, 16 mins), 5-26 (2 Faruque Ahmed, 8 mins), 6-95 (69 Naimur Rahman, 89 mins), 7-96 (1 Khaled Mahmud, 4 mins), 8-133 (37 Enamul Hoque, 36 mins), 9-164 (31 Hasibul Hussain, 23 mins)

Bowler O M R W
J A R Blain 10 1 37 4
Asim Butt 9 1 24 2
G M Hamilton 10 3 25 0
J E Brinkley 10 0 45 1
I M Stanger 4 0 23 0
N R Dyer 7 1 26 2

Scotland won the toss and decided to field

Umpires: K T Francis, D L Orchard

Scotland
B M W Patterson , I L Philip , M J Smith , G Salmond (capt) , I M Stanger , G M Hamilton , J E Brinkley , A G Davies (wkt) , J A R Blain , Asim Butt , N R Dyer ,

Bangladesh
Mehrab Hossain , Khaled Mashud , Faruque Ahmed , Aminul Islam , Akram Khan , Naimur Rahman , Khaled Mahmud , Minhazul Abedin , Enamul Hoque , Hasibul Hussain , Monjural Islam ,





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