Scotland can still aim big says Kyle Coetzer

Matthew Cross congratulates Kyle Coetzer, right, after his record score (Getty Iamges)

Matthew Cross congratulates Kyle Coetzer, right, after his record score (Getty Iamges)

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Scotland batsman Kyle Coetzer made World Cup history in defeat by Bangladesh but conceded their opponents had too much in the locker despite his 156.

A six-wicket victory for Bangladesh in Nelson ensured that Scotland will not advance beyond the pool stage.

Coetzer hit the highest ever individual score by a none Test playing Nation in a total of 318-8, while also becoming his country’s first player to reach a century in the showpiece event, but it was not enough against a ruthless opponent who made it home with 11 balls to spare.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, the 30-year-old said: “We’ve been capable of doing it in the previous matches but not quite managed to put the game together.

“We played a pretty good game of cricket. We just weren’t able to create that pressure to pick up the wickets. We’re still searching to get the full package together. It showed the amount of cricket that Bangladesh have played. They cruised it in the end. They knew how to chase down a score like that.”

Scotland still have two matches left to play at the World Cup, as they take on Sri Lanka and Australia.

“I am happy with how my performance went,” said Northamptonshire batsman Coetzer. “It maybe wasn’t my traditional innings where I’d probably try to play a few more shots up front.

“I didn’t get as much of a strike as I’d have liked at the start, but fair play to the guys at the other end, hitting boundaries, which took the pressure off me.”

Scotland, who have now lost all 12 of their World Cup games dating back to 1999, face Sri Lanka on Wednesday and Australia on Saturday, both in Hobart. “We’ve got to try to put them under pressure early doors and see what comes of it,” he said. “It will be nice to see Scotland put on a good show in both those games.”