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Jul 27, 2009

Controversial Abdur Razzak makes winning Bangladesh return

Abdur Razzak made a successful return to the Bangladesh side when he helped the Tigers win the first one-day international against West Indies by 52 runs on Sunday.

Razzak, who was banned from bowling in international cricket in December 2008 due to a suspect action before having his suspension lifted in March, open the bowling and took four wickets for 39 runs as Bangladesh protected 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 the way the pitches have been playing in the Caribbean during this series," said Razzak.

"When I played in the Caribbean in the 2007 World Cup, I also used the new ball, so it's normal.

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

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

Mohammad Ashraful hit the high score on the board of 57 and skipper Shakib Al Hasan stroked 54 to lead the Bangladesh batting, despite Kemar Roach intriguing a career-best five wickets for 44 runs.

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

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

Devon Smith and Dave Bernard Jr takes 78 for the fifth wicket to stabilize West Indies.

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

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.

"We lost the game with our batting," said West Indies captain Floyd Reifer.

"We are not getting sufficient partnerships at the top of the innings. We are quite happy with the balance of the team."

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

Skipper Shakib said: "We were always confident with the final total we posted because we knew the pitch was playing a little slowly and we had four spinners in our side.

"I have been surprised by the environment of the pitches in the Caribbean. I thought they would have had more bounce and pace. But it suited our spinners, Razzak came back into the side, bowled well, and did a good job for us."

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