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July 24, 2012
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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