Razzak spins Bangla to an easy 52-run win

Published: Monday, July 27, 2009, 10:54 [IST]
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Razzak spins Bangla to an easy win

Dominica: Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak made a triumphant return to the Bangladesh side when he helped the Tigers win the opening one-day international against West Indies by 52 runs on Sunday.

Razzak took 4-39 to help dismiss West Indies for 194 in 43.4 overs at Windsor Park. Devon Smith topscored with 65.

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Razzak, who was prevented from bowling in international cricket in December 2008 due to a suspect action before having his suspension lifted in March, opened the bowling and took four wickets for 39 runs as Bangladesh defended a target of 247 at international cricket's newest venue of Windsor Park.

"I was not surprised when the captain gave me the new ball, especially with the way the pitches have been playing in the Caribbean during this series," said Razzak.

The 27-year-old Razzak, flown in for the limited-overs leg of this tour, opened the bowling and took a wicket with his first ball, trapping Dale Richards lbw for one to make it 2-1.

Bangladesh had totalled 246-9 with Mohammad Ashraful hitting 57, captain Shakib-al-Hasan 54 and Mahmudullah 42 after being sent in to bat. Fast bowler Kemar Roach led the home team with 5-44.

"But this was important for me. I was out of the team for eight months, and now I am back in the side, I am looking to do well." said Razzak

Razzak again exposed the West Indies' frailty to spin bowling, after Bangladesh, sent in to bat, were restricted to 246 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs.

Mohammad Ashraful hit the top score of 57 and captain Shakib Al Hasan stroked 54 to lead the Bangladesh batting, despite Kemar Roach taking a career-best five wickets for 44 runs.

But Razzak, who did not play in his team's successful Test series, then gave Bangladesh a boost, when he trapped West Indies opener Dale Richards lbw for one in the second over.

Bangladesh continued to build the pressure, particularly with their spin bowlers operating from very early, and West Indies slumped to 42 for four in the 12th over.

Devon Smith and Dave Bernard Jr added 78 for the fifth wicket to stabilise West Indies.

But Shakib, bowling his left-arm spin, made the breakthrough in the 29th over, when he trapped Smith lbw for the top score of 65.

Naeem Islam scalped Bernard caught at deep mid-wicket for 38 three overs later to leave West Indies 130 for six.

Rawl Lewis then put on 41 with Darren Sammy for the seventh wicket before Rubel Hossain bowled him for 21 in the 40th over.

Bangladesh found little or no resistance from the remaining West Indies batsmen, although Sammy got 28 before Razzak trapped him lbw in the 42nd over.

Mahmudullah provided the acceleration and launched two fours and two sixes. Shakib struck three fours in his calculated 54 of 60 balls.

Mahmudullah fell to Nikita Miller's left-arm spin at 228-6 in the 47th over, and Roach picked up three cheap wickets toward the end.

Earlier, Ashraful held the Tigers' top-order together, and when he was dismissed, Shakib kept his nerve to take advantage of the powerplay in the closing overs to help Bangladesh post their highest total against West Indies.

The victory gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the second ODI scheduled for the same venue on Tuesday, and the final ODI on Friday at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

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