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Friday, March 29, 2013

Abdur Razzak becomes first Bangladesh bowler to 200 ODI wickets

Abdur Razzak, the left-arm spinner, on Thursday became the first Bangladesh bowler to take 200 wickets in one-day international cricket. The 30-year old achieved the landmark in his 141st ODI appearance when he claimed the wicket of Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake in the final over of the host's innings at Pallekele. This also made him the 34th bowler in ODI history to join the 200-wicket club.
Razzak entered the third ODI against Sri Lanka on 195 ODI wickets and moved to 198 inside his first eight over bowled. In his fifth over he struck to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara, who drove a catch to midwicket on 48; Razzak then bowled Thisara Perera with the last ball of his sixth over; in his eighth he had Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews stumped.
With figures of 8-0-39-3, Razzak was taken out of the attack after 42 overs and returned to bowl the 46th, with Sri Lanka's score at 247 for 6. That over failed to produce a wicket for the addition of 12 runs, and Razzak was called back to bowl his final over, the 50th of Sri Lanka's innings. On the first delivery Nuwan Kulasekara was trapped lbw to give Razzak his 199th ODI wicket, and No. 200 came on the very next as Sachitra Senanakaye was bowled for a golden duck. It was Razzak's fourth five-wicket haul in ODIs. He finished with 5 for 52 off ten overs.

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