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. 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 on Sunday and took four wickets for 39 runs as Bangladesh defended a target of 247 at international crickets newest venue of Windsor Park.
I was not surprised when the captain gave me the new ball,especially the way the pitches have been playing in the Caribbean during this series, said Razzak. 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.
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. 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.
BRIEF SCORES: Bangladesh 246/9 in 50 overs (M Ashraful 57,Shakib 54,Mahmudullah 42; K Roach 5/44) vs West Indies 194 all out in 43.4 overs (D Smith 65,D Bernard Jr. 38,D Sammy 28; A Razzak 4/39).