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Scotland stun top-ranked England in huge cricket shock

AFP  |  Edinburgh 

enjoyed the greatest victory in their history by holding their nerve to beat world number one-ranked England by six runs in a thrilling one-day international at today.

Despite making a mammoth 371 for five, thanks mainly to Calum MacLeod's brilliant 140 not out, were in danger of defeat as England's Jonny Bairstow took advantage of a good pitch and short boundaries at the Grange to make 105.

But a middle order collapse gave non-Test nation renewed hope.

England rallied again, thanks to a 71-run eighth-wicket partnership between and

But paceman sealed Scotland's victory with seven balls to spare when he had No.11 plumb lbw to spark a pitch invasion by jubilant home fans.

Scotland's first win in international over England came in their first match since they were cruelly denied a place at next year's after a poor umpiring decision and rain saw them miss out in their against the in in March.

"I'm lost for words, I don't know what to say," Sharif told "We've been waiting for this for so long. England are a brilliant side but scoring 371 against them means the world." The International Council's decision to shrink from 14 teams to 10 had already been heavily criticised long before Scotland and their fellow associate or non-Test nations impressed with the quality of their play in

Asked if Scotland had sent a message to the ICC with this win, Sharif replied: "I'm not going to say anything -- they've seen it all today."

This was an embarrassing reverse for hosts England ahead of their upcoming five-match home ODI series against and a reminder of how Eoin Morgan's side have been undone in one-off games, such as last year's semi-final loss to eventual winners in

"(Scotland) are a very dangerous side, I thought they played close to their best cricket today and we didn't," said Morgan "It's not the end of the world for us, it was a really good run out and good to have a practice coming into the series against Australia," he added ahead of a five-match campaign that gets underway at The Oval on Wednesday.

Scotland's total was their highest at this level, surpassing their 341 for nine against fellow non-Test nation at Christchurch four years ago.

Bairstow set a record by becoming the first England batsman to make three ODI centuries in successive innings but it was not enough to deny the Scots.

Scotland saw and share a century stand after Morgan won the toss.

But they lost both openers in quick succession to be 107 for two.

MacLeod, however, ensured a promising start was not wasted and together with (55) put on 107 for the fourth wicket.

The 29-year-old former batsman went to a hundred off just 70 balls, his seventh at this level and the first by any Scotland batsman against England.

and Bairstow launched England's reply with a century stand but Bairstow holed out when he might have won the game.

Test skipper was carelessly run out and England then lost Morgan and off successive deliveries to be 245 for five.

Ali's 46 threatened to spare England's blushes only for the all-rounder to be undone by a slower delivery from left-arm spinner

Victory completed a notable double over England for the Sole family.

David Sole, the of the Scotland rugby union side that beat England at Edinburgh's Murrayfield in 1990 to win a Grand Slam in the old Five Nations, was among the Grange crowd to watch his son Chris, one of Scotland's new-ball bowlers.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 01:00 IST
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