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Scotland suffer warm-up defeat

Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy 252 for 6 (Iqbal 105, Chowdhury 68) beat Scotland XI 219 (Poonia 63, McCallum 57, Hossain 4-32) by 33 runs
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Scotland suffered an inauspicious start to their tour of Bangladesh, going down by 33 runs to a Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy XI in a warm-up match at Chittagong. Scotland's lack of firepower with the ball cost them dear, with young opener Tamim Iqbal striking a century in the hosts' formidable total of 252 for 6.

Navdeep Poonia of Warwickshire scored 63 in Scotland's reply, with Dougie Brown and Neil McCallum also contributing, but it was not enough and they fell well short of their target. Mosharraf Hossain took 4 for 32, and although McCallum's late hitting had given Scotland hope, with his dismissal went their chances of victory.

Iqbal had earlier reached his century off 133 balls before being dismissed for 105. He received valuable support from the captain Nadhif Chowdhury, who scored a rapid 76-ball 68 to help rebuild the innings after Scotland captain Craig Wright had struck twice in quick succession early on.

Scotland used eight bowlers in a match where they used 13 players and the hosts 12, and while things did not go to plan they will see it as valuable acclimatisation to the conditions ahead of the first one-day international against Bangladesh tomorrow. However, the comments made by Chowdhury after the game are bound to be of some concern: "They [Scotland] lacked real strike bowlers and as a result failed to pose any threat for us".