It looks like that it would be a mistake to write off the minnows even before the start of the World Cup. Yesterday, Zimbabwe stunned Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in their second warm-up game at Lincoln and today, Scotland almost caused an upset against West Indies at Sydney in their pursuit of 314 runs, but Kemar Roach held his nerve in the last over as Scotland fell short by just 3 runs.

While chasing the target, the trio of Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross played extremely well to take Scotland’s score to 299/5 in 47 overs. But unfortunately, Berrington and Cross got out in quick succession and Scotland lost the plot from their itself. Roach, Andre Russell and Sulieman Benn took two wickets apiece. 
 
Earlier after electing to bat, Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons played well for West Indies and brought up their half-centuries. With some late blitz at the end from Russell and Darren Sammy, West Indies propelled to 313 in their 50 overs. 
 
Brief Scores: Scotland 310/8 (Coetzer 96, Berrington 66, Roach 2-59) lost to West Indies 313/9 (Ramdin 88, Simmons 55) by 3 runs
 
Bangladesh v Ireland:
 
After losing the first warm-up to Scotland by 179 runs, Ireland struck back hard as they defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets in their second warm-up at Sydney (Blacktown Olympic Park Oval). 
 
Chasing a target of 190, Ireland lost some quick wickets in between but Andy Balbirine steadied the innings together and brought up the win for his team. He remained unbeaten on 63. 
 
Earlier after being out into bat, Ireland pacers bowled with discipline and didn’t allow the Bangladesh batsmen to settle throughout their innings. Except Soumya Sarkar, none of their other batsmen got going and they got all-out for 189 in 48.2 overs. John Mooney and Max Sorenson were the pick of the bowlers for Ireland as they grabbed three scalps each. 
 
Brief Scores: Ireland 190/6 (Balbirine 63*, Taijul 2-29) defeated Bangladesh 189 (Sarkar 45, Mooney 3-32, Sorenson 3-31) by 4 wickets
 
 
 
 

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