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Richie Berrington powered Scotland to an elegant victory over Bangladesh

Zia Rana July 24, 2012

Scotland 7-162 (Richie Berrington 100, Calum MacLeod 19, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-22) beat Bangladesh 128 (Shakib Al Hasan 31, Tamim Iqbal 25, Josh Davey 3-23) by 34 runs.

Richie Berrington demonstrated a one man show with his powerful batting, sparkled with a ton as Scotland won the T20 match vs. Bangladesh convincingly.

Scotland amassed 162 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the measured 20 overs and the innings of Bangladesh was rolled back for 128 in 18 overs.

Richie Berrington - An aggressive ton vs. Bangladesh

Richie Berrington – An aggressive ton vs. Bangladesh

Richie Berrington (Scotland) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his splendid ton.

The only T20 was played on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague.

Earlier, Gordon Drummond, the skipper of Scotland, won the toss and elected to bat on a placid batting wicket. Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod opened the innings in a positive manner by collecting 24 runs in the first three overs with one six and two fours. MacLeod hit another four on the second ball of the next over and tried to accelerate the scoring. He was stumped smartly by the wicketkeeper, Mushfiqur Rahim off Shakib Al Hasan for 19 scored from 13 balls with 1 six and 2 fours on the very next ball.

Berrington took over from there on and got a couple of fours in the fifth over followed by 10 runs in the next over with one six and even four. Berrington carried on with his aggression as the wickets kept on crumbling from the other end and achieved his fifty on the fourth ball of the 11th over with a huge six over long-off. He punished Abul Hasan for three back to back fours in the 13th over and added another 10 runs in the 16th over with a six.

Scotland reached 3-135 after 17 overs as Richie Berrington rushed to his hundred in the next over with a six and a four. He was finally caught behind by Mashrafe Mortaza at extra cover off Abdur Razzak for 100 scored on mere 56 balls with 5 lofty sixes and 10 fours. Scotland piled up 162 runs with three wickets in hand at the end of the scheduled 20 overs.

Mashrafe Mortaza was the top wicket taker with two whereas Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah shared one wicket each.

Bangladesh started off well with Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful by scoring 21 runs in the first three overs. They added another seven in the next five balls when Mohammad Ashraful ran himself out for eight runs. Shakib Al Hasan joined in next with Tamim Iqbal who was gone after scoring 25 runs off 19 balls with two fours.

Shakib Al Hasan was doing well as the wickets kept on sliding regularly from the other end with a little resistance. The next four batsmen could not enter the double figures and the Bengal Tigers were reeling at 6-95 in 13.3 overs. Shakib Al Hasan went back to the pavilion after the addition of seven runs to the total at his personal feat of 31 off 28 balls with one six and one four.

Mashrafe Mortaza was the only other batsman who touched the double figures by scoring 15 runs as the entire Bangladesh team was bowled out for 128 runs with two overs to spare.

Josh Devi and Majid Haq were the top wicket takers with three wickets each whereas Gordon Goudie, Preston Mommsen and Gordon Drummond clinched one wicket each.

Scotland won the only T20 with a good margin of 34 runs and Bangladesh suffered a blow on their European trip after beating Ireland convincingly 3-0.

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