Cricket World Cup 2015: Scots take heart from Bangladesh win

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Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh v Scotland preview

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen hopes that recalling a famous 2012 victory over Bangladesh will inspire his side when they meet again in the World Cup.

Mommsen's side go into the Pool A match in Nelson on the back of three defeats.

But Bangladesh were their opponents when the Scots recorded their first win against a full member nation.

"We have very fine memories playing against them and hopefully they remember that as well," Mommsen told BBC Sport.

"That was a huge game for us. Many of the team played in that fixture and it's the only fixture I've played against Bangladesh."

Scotland won that Twenty20 international by 34 runs in The Hague, but Bangladesh will be strong favourites in New Zealand despite having only recorded one win in their opening three games.

Mommsen's side are still smarting from letting a winning position slip against fellow associate nation Afghanistan on Thursday.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the way the last fixture turned out, but I'm sure we'll be raring to go again," he said.

"We need to start well and put them under pressure early on and hopefully we can stay on top."

Preston Mommsen (centre) celebrates a catch against Afghanistan
Scotland came close to a victory at the World Cup against Afghanistan

Scotland sit bottom of the table and are unlikely to qualify for the latter stages of the tournament.

With matches against Sri Lanka and Australia to come, Wednesday's game is their best chance of recording that elusive victory.

"We knew coming into this tournament we wanted to make a mark," said Mommsen.

"We wanted people to start talking about Scottish cricket, but at the same time we knew we had to do that through performance and through getting the right results.

"Unfortunately, it hasn't quite gone our way so far in the first three games."

With the International Cricket Council considering cutting the number of competing nations at future World Cups, it could be Scotland's last chance to win a match at this level for a long time.

"There's been a lot said about future World Cups and how the ICC are going to be handling associate cricket in the future," said Mommsen.

"From my point of view, there still needs to be a lot of thought put into associate cricket as a whole.

"It's not just World Cups, it's what happens in between each World Cup and what cricket we're exposed to.

"It's very difficult not being exposed to this level of cricket more often and then you arrive at a World Cup."

Scotland coach Grant Bradburn believes that none of the associate nations have been embarrassed in Australia and New Zealand.

"Some of the best games have been the so-called minnows playing at this tournament and I think, if you talked to anyone in the street, none of the teams in this tournament have undersold themselves," he said.

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