Bangladesh v Scotland, T20, The Hague July 24, 2012

Berrington ton leads Scotland to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Scotland 162 for 7 (Berrington 100) beat Bangladesh 128 (Davey 3-23, Haq 3-27) by 34 runs

Richie Berrington scored just the seventh Twenty20 international hundred as Scotland secured their first international win against a Full Member with a 34-run victory against Bangladesh in The Hague. Berrington helped set a target of 163 and Bangladesh, who entered the match after a 3-0 series win against Ireland, produced a poor batting display to fall to ninth in the rankings.

Berrington stood head and shoulders above the others in the match; Scotland's next highest score was Calum MacLoed's 19. The dominance of Berrington was highlighted by the fourth-wicket stand of 64 in seven overs with Preston Mommsen, during which Mommsen contributed 12 off 16 balls.

Berrington reached his hundred from 55 balls with a straight six off Shakib Al Hasan, writing himself a little place in the Twenty20 record-books as the first Associate batsman to reach three figures in a Twenty20 international. The previous highest was Hiral Patel's unbeaten 88 against Ireland in Colombo in February 2010. In total Berrington struck 10 fours and five sixes before picking out cover.

A target of 163 should have been within the compass of Bangladesh's batting line-up, but they could not give themselves a foundation. A crucial blow came in the sixth over when Tamim Iqbal edged a swipe to the wicketkeeper.

Wickets continued to fall regularly as the asking rate went into double figures. Gordon Goudie put Scotland within touching distance when he removed Shakib for 31 and then Majid Haq, who produced a fine spell of offspin, put the finishing touches to the performance with two wickets in his final over.

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  • roket on July 26, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket: You are right, not many people would have heard about Engineer or Azad. Azad's international average is nothing to write home about. Engineer's international averages are just "average". No one outside of India would have heard of them anyways. I have already wrote about Tiger Pataudi. While BD started playing ODI's in 1986, in the first 14 years (until 1999) BD only played 32 matches, roughly 2 matches per year. You can not count those years in your statement that BD has been playing for 3 decades. BD started playing regularly in 2000, so it has barely been a decade; not 3.

  • Adeel on July 26, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    after losing this game BD came back to 10th spot, now what BD fans have to say about ICC rankings? is it good or bad? Please BD fans need your comments.

  • roket on July 26, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @serious-am-i: I will say the following without any intent of showing disrespect to the cricketers you named. The spin quartet you named did not become instrumental for India till the 70's (4 decades after becoming full member). While Tiger Pataudi was a good captain, and it is hard to tell what he could have achieved if both his eyes worked, his test average is ordinary. None of the players you named are from India's early era (1932 to 1962), which proves my point that India took at least 3 generations to produce decent cricketers. Vishwanath's average is respectable, but not world class. Gavaskar started playing in the 70's, and I will agree, he is a world class batsman. Kapil Dev,, India's 1st true all rounder, again did not start till late 70's, his productive years were the early 80's. But none of the other names you mentioned come close to the top class cricketers like SRT, Dravid who were the 6th generation cricketers. I think I do know my cricket mate!:-)

  • Andy on July 25, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury: may be in your dreams Ireland has beaten India in WC. If India have to be stripped of test status then BD shouldn't be getting test status for eternity. Come on dude make sense before you post such a hilarious comment. @r0ketman: If u compare the previous 10 matches yea, even then India has a win ration of 8-2 out of 10 games. One thing honestly I have to confess about is, India have a trend of losing to associate teams one in a while. Not just SL, India even lost to Kenya as well, so I'm not going to argue about it. India have had players in the past as well Vengsarkar, Vishwanath, Tiger Pataudi, Bedi, Chandrasekar, Prasanna, Venkataraghavan, Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, etc.... so better learn the facts before you argue mate. India have been usually a greater force in home conditions for decades its the away matches which India failed usually due to the lack of proper fast bowlers.. In the recent past they improved records in away matches excluding the previous 8 tests.

  • Manjunath on July 25, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @r0ketman: I really appreciate your research on Indian cricket and I agree it took 6 decades for india to come up with tendulkar, dravid and co. Before them were Nawab patodi, Farroq Engineer, kirti Azad, and co which neither you nor your team would have heard of because Tigers were still learning CRICKET rules. Bangladesh started playing intl cricket from 1986 and its been close to 3 decades and yet teams consider them as minows. Bangladesh as improved a lot and sure in next 3 decades Bangla will get appreciations your team deserves.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    India and Indian fanz are lucky! B'coz the market they have, they don't need to play the associates at all! All the full members are eager to play with India. If they had played with the associates like Ire, Scot, Afghan they would have lost more than BD! Indian fans! Have fun, and pretend to wish gud for the associate members!

  • Bored on July 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: Your team continues to befuddle me!! I'd expected Ireland to thrash BD and BD to roll over Netherlands and Scotland with ease....! Uve become the Pakistan of the 90s!! :-)

  • Ehsan on July 25, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Bangladesh will obviously get a break with in a few years,Cricket is a funny game its really tough to predict . On a given day the best team can finish in the loosing side and ranking does not always speak for it.

    To be frank India though a huge country it is still to find a balanced side like lyod's West indies or waugh's Australia.Apart from always having one of the best batting sides, bowling remains a nightmare .If India wants to get back to it previous top rank position outstanding bowlers should be raised.

    Bangladesh ,12 year old teenager in the highest arena .I feel and agree with some of the critics that Bangladesh has been inconsistent even with weaker opponents.But obviously As a Bangladeshi I strongly believe days are not far away when emphatic wins like against India in ODI world cup 2007,White wash of New Zealand and Asia cup final will not be fluke.Meanwhile, hope Indians will learn to play for glory not for money and invite Bangladesh for home series.

  • roket on July 25, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @serious-am-i: I would not brag about India's record if I were an Indian fan!:-) Your numbers are incorrect first of all. In last 10 matches, BD has beat India twice, both of those wins came in big stages (2007 WC, and 2012 Asia Cup). As far as India never losing to Scotland, we will never find out now will we? India never plays the associates, maybe because they are afraid of losing. India lost to Sri Lanka when they were an associate team in 1979 WC. In the first 2 WC India played, they won only one game. That win came against East Africa (not south). I have said this repeatedly, India has a horrible past of losing in cricket. Only in the last 2 decades they have been taken seriously. India took 6 decades to come up with players like Tendulkar, Dravid and the likes, and had a team that was not the laughing stock of the cricketing world. So let's not say "records speak for themselves!" What records?:-)

  • Krishna on July 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Well i'm an Indian and i really believe Bangladesh has emerged as a very good side,but my doubt here is that whether scotland is a better team or ireland????

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