Cricket World Cup: Scotland face last chance for win in Nelson

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The only Associate victory over a Test-playing nation in this World Cup so far came at Nelson, when Ireland embarrassed the West Indies. As Scotland head there for a Pool A encounter with Bangladesh, they will be hugely buoyed by that fact.

Preston Mommsen’s side have, like the UAE, impressed at this tournament without managing to pick up a victory thus far.

They let a golden opportunity slip last time out, when Afghanistan’s final batting pair scored the last 19 runs needed to deny Scotland their first ever World Cup win and claim one for themselves.

Now Bangladesh stand as the side’s best chance of making cricketing history, with Sri Lanka and Australia their two remaining Pool A fixtures after that.

The odds make the Tigers understandable favourites for the encounter at 2/7. Scotland are priced up at 11/4.

Undoubtedly the most impressive part of Scotland’s game has been their bowling and Josh Davey has been at the head of the pack.

His nine wickets have him sat in joint-third for the entire tournament and his pace will likely trouble a Bangladesh unit that famously shrinks in the face of such challenges. A dry, bouncy Nelson pitch will only aid the 24-year-old further.

Backing the first Tigers wicket to fall before 27.5 runs have been scored is therefore the best bet of the day at 5/6, although the same price on Scotland having the higher opening stand with the benefit of a 5.5 run head start also appeals.

Key to Scotland’s better opening stand will be Kyle Coetzer, who leads the side for runs scored in the tournament and struck a brutish 71 against England two outings ago.

The Durham man is a tempting 9/4 to register another 50 here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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