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Wisden Cricinfo staff
September 4, 2004
Bangladesh 259 for 6 (Aftab 80, Faisal 54) lost to Scotland 263 for 6 (Watson 83, Watts 50, English 49*) by four wickets
Scotland clinched their first victory over a Test-playing country with a thrilling last-ball triumph over Bangladesh at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. Chasing Bangladesh's total of 259 for 6, Scotland were indebted to Cedric English, who spanked a four off the last ball of the match.
Ryan Watson, with a composed 83, and Fraser Watts, with 50, had set up the victory with a 109-run partnership for the third wicket, but there were late jitters that left the Scots needing 28 from the final three overs. But English, who finished on 49 not out, and Craig Wright, the captain, ensured that Bangladesh couldn't quite escape to victory.
Bangladesh's total had been built around another fine innings from Aftab Ahmed, who eased to 80 before being stumped by Colin Smith off Gordon Goudie. For Goudie, it was a first international scalp.
Scotland's reply started poorly, with Dougie Lockhart being bowled by Nazmul Hossain, but Watson and Gregor Maiden wrested back the initiative with some punishing strokes before Maiden was castled by Mohammad Rafique. Watson and Watts then combined to set the game up for Scotland, before leaving it to English to apply the finishing touches.
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