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July 23, 2008
Bangladesh A 190 and 285 for 9 (Iqbal 60, Sajidul 5*, Needham 3-53) beat Derbyshire 298 for 6 dec and 176 for 8 dec (Smith 52, Al Hasan 3-49) by one wicket
Bangladesh A survived a fine comeback by Derbyshire's bowlers to record a thrilling one-wicket win on the final day at Derby. Sajidul Islam, the Bangladesh No. 10, struck the winning run to squeeze his side over the line off the penultimate delivery.
A Bangladesh win seemed highly unlikely when Derbyshire declared shortly after midday on 176 for 8, setting the tourists a challenging 285. However, Tamim Iqbal crashed 60 from 69 balls, lofting three sixes in the process, to give Bangladesh a terrific start. Iqbal and his captain, Junaid Siddique, put on 84 for the first wicket.
Derbyshire never gave up; in fact, momentum switched entirely to their favour when Greg Smith removed Nazimuddin (19) and Shakib Al Hasan in quick succession. When Raqibul Hasan offered no stroke to Wayne White, Derbyshire were slight favourites needing another five wickets.
Like Derbyshire, Bangladesh refused to give up hope, as Mushfiqur Rahim (36) and Dhiman Ghosh put on another fifty partnership, while Mosharraf Hossain clipped 31 to leave his side needing just 12. But further drama ensued when Ghosh, Dolar Mahmud and Hossain all departed in quick succession leaving Bangladesh's tail needing five from the last over. A three flicked off his legs by Sajidul calmed their nerves before he glided the winning run to seal a remarkable one-wicket win.
Bangladesh's next match is against the South Africans at New Road on Friday.
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