24th Match, Group B: Bangladesh v Bermuda at Port of Spain - Mar 25, 2007
Razzak lures Bermuda to their doom
It might have been Mohammad Ashraful who guided Bangladesh home with an assured 29 but the base had been laid earlier, thanks to a workman-like spell of left-arm spin from Abdur Razzak. His three wickets helped Bangladesh restrict Bermuda to a modest 94 and allow the batsmen to breast the tape.
Razzak has been one of the most improved bowlers in the world and his performance against India showed his appetite for the big occasion. His over-spinner to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar in the first match could be termed as the turning point and he was in his element again today, tormenting the leaden-footed Bermuda batsmen with his pace and accuracy. The conditions weren’t easy for him, especially with the wet ball being hard to grip. The ball had to be wiped every few seconds, and the lack of turn did Bermuda in, even in slippery conditions, by creating doubt in the batsmen's minds. Captain Irvine Romaine adopted a stand-and-defend-or-swish approach, which worked for two thumped boundaries down the ground off Razzak, but when the bowler fired in one at 100kmhs, Romaine was a dead duck in front of middle stump.
He removed Dean Minors next. Minors stepped down the ground and was beaten in flight. He couldn't manage the desired elevation and smashed it down Tamim Iqbal's throat at long-on. His final wicket was a typical Razzak snare: firing it into off stump and watching tailender Kevin Hurdle lose his off stump. It's dangerous to sweep Razzak and Hurdle found out what a mess it could turn out to be.