Bangas go smash to beat Scots

FOUR MORE: Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh works the ball away for a boundary.
FOUR MORE: Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh works the ball away for a boundary. Hannah Petersgetty IMAGES

AFTER beating Scotland by six wickets in Nelson, Bangladesh can guarantee its place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a win against England at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.

With two wins and a point from the washed-out game against Australia at the Gabba, Bangladesh is equal third with the Aussies on five points in Pool A, one behind Sri Lanka and two behind the unbeaten New Zealand.

England must beat Bangladesh and then Afghanistan in its final game to have any chance of progressing.

Scotland looked on course for its first World Cup win after reaching 8-318, which included a career-best 156 from opener and man-of-the-match Kyle Coetzer, but Bangladesh ran down the score with 11 balls to spare.

Tamim Iqbal was the star, his 95 falling just short of making him the first Bangladesh player to score a World Cup century.

Mushfiqur Rahim (60), Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) all chipped in as Bangladesh reached 4-322, its highest successful run chase in one-day internationals.

Meanwhile, unbeaten India can take another step toward finishing on top of Pool B with a win against the West Indies at the WACA this afternoon.

On day one of Sheffield Shield action, Victoria reached 4-347 against South Australia, with opener Rob Quiney making 125. At Allan Border Field, leader Western Australia was 4-225 at stumps against Queensland and NSW was 0-4 in reply to Tasmania's 237.

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