Scotland beat England by six runs in One Day International in Edinburgh

THEY’VE only gone and lost to Scotland. At cricket. What a red-faced, humiliating experience.

The Scots deserved nothing more than their first-ever victory over England after piling up 371-5 and then holding their nerve better during the dramatic finale.

 Safyaan Sharif celebrates winning the One Day International match

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Safyaan Sharif celebrates winning the One Day International match

This was meant to be a goodwill, gospel-spreading mission North of the Border for an England side ranked No.1 in the world.

It turned into an embarrassing defeat by six runs.

Remember, England lost to Ireland during the 2011 World Cup in India.

For Eoin Morgan’s team, it was the worst possible start to a sequence of 13 successive white ball matches. Next up are Australia at the Oval on Wednesday.

 Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood look dejected after the defeat in Edinburgh

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Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood look dejected after the defeat in Edinburgh

England were cruising at 220-2 in the 27th over but a succession of soft catches and two run outs ripped the guts out of their innings.

Liam Plunkett tried a salvage operation and was 47 not out.

But he was at the other end when last man Mark Wood was nailed lbw by quick bowler Safyaan Sharif.

Spectators were turning cartwheels and the players could scarcely contain themselves.

 England ace Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century

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England ace Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century

What a moment for Scotland, who are ranked 13th in the world and narrowly failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

After Jonny Bairstow plundered his third century in his last three one-day internationals, England threw away wickets and wilted under the pressure.

The disintegration started when Alex Hales called Joe Root for a single and Root was run out at the bowler’s end.

His departure prompted a collapse as Morgan, Alex Hales and Sam Billings popped up catches and David Willey was caught behind. Morgan and Hales went in successive balls.

England had lost 5-56 but an eighth wicket stand of 71 put them back in control until Moeen Ali launched a catch to mid-on.

 Scotland star George Munsey bats at the Grange cricket club ground

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Scotland star George Munsey bats at the Grange cricket club ground

Adil Rashid was run out attempting a second and then Wood was struck in front.

Morgan said banana skin matches no longer exist in top-level cricket because all teams are professional. Well, England had tripped over a haggis.

The drama unfolded at the picturesque Grange ground, a short walk from Edinburgh city centre and where the famous bearded player W.G.Grace once hit a six reputed to be around 120 yards.

And the crowd yesterday included drummer and cricket geek Charlie Watts, who played a gig with the Rolling Stones at Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

All Scotland’s batsmen made rapid contributions with Calum MacLeod, who thrashed 140 not out from just 94 balls, the runaway star.

They swept to 371-5 – their highest one-day international total of all time, beating 341-9 they made against Canada in a World Cup qualifier in Christchurch in 2014.

 England star Jason Roy dives for the ball during the One Day International

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England star Jason Roy dives for the ball during the One Day International
 Trevor Bayliss looks on during his sides defeat in the One Day International

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Trevor Bayliss looks on during his sides defeat in the One Day International

The runfest exposed concerns about England’s bowling. Sure, Scotland batted well and the pitch was flat, but there is no way the world’s top team should concede 371 to a non-Test nation.

Bairstow brutalised Scotland’s bowling to the tune of 105 from 59 balls and became the first England batsman to score three ODI centuries on the trot.

He has five hundreds since being given a regular place at the top of the order last September.

Swing bowler James Anderson is to be sidelined for six weeks to rest a chronic shoulder injury and try to make sure he is fit for England’s crunch Test series against India starting on August 1.

 Safyaan Sharif clinched the victory for the underdogs

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Safyaan Sharif clinched the victory for the underdogs
 Alex Hales of England batting during the One Day International match

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Alex Hales of England batting during the One Day International match

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THEY’VE only gone and lost to Scotland. At cricket. What a red-faced, humiliating experience.