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Razzak credits Kohli’s special effort for India victory

Bangladesh left-arm spinner also feels bowlers didn’t do too badly

Despite piling on 279 runs, hosts Bangladesh were beaten in their 2014 Asia Cup opener by six wickets and an over to spare by India. Senior left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak lauded Indian captain Virat Kohli’s effort and also pointed that that dew was a factor while bowling second.

A factor that has been a proven hurdle for oppositions over the past few years is India’s No.3 bat, who scored his 19th ODI century. A master of chases, Kohli scored a sparkling 136 and snatched the game away from the home team. Speaking about the Indian skipper’s effort, Abdur Razzak said, “Definitely Virat Kohli played really well. He did a fantastic job for his team.”

Discussing their bowling, he observed, “I would say our bowlers did not do that badly. Nothing went wrong. Sometimes some special things happen in the middle and you lose. Virat did just that for India. They did well with the singles despite putting five fielders inside the circle.

Obviously, the credit goes to them but we tried our best. Indian batsmen played very well.”

Besides the 213-run partnership between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, environmental factors were at play as Bangladesh looked to defend the sizeable total. “The biggest problem we faced was the dew. The field was too wet,” he explained while speaking to the media after the match.

While adding that the team has to play in whatever conditions available, he added, “It was difficult to hold the ball after 24 overs. Especially for a team like us, who are reliant on spinners, it was a big worry.”

Earlier in the game, even the Bangladeshi captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, put up a determined effort to set India a competitive target. While he was at the crease, a bigger total seemed possible for the hosts. Rahim scored 117, and was ably supported by Anamul Haque. “The way Mushfiqur and Anamul batted at some point, we thought we would get to 300. I guess something went wrong down the order. It's difficult to specify. Maybe six-seven balls went the other way... Nowadays, it's difficult to recover when you fall short.”

During his sparkling innings, a Varun Aaron beamer struck the Bangladesh skipper. Asked about Rahim’s injury status, Razzak said, “He was probably hit on shoulders. He has gone for a checkup to Dhaka Hospital. We are yet to get the doctor's report. We don't have any news of him yet. We will get to know later.”

Speaking about the unfortunate incident, the Bangladesh bowler added, “Nobody would do that deliberately to injure somebody.”

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Stats Highlights: Bangladesh vs India, Asia Cup

Virat gets 13th ton in a chase, 5th in Bangladesh

This match was the 25th one-day international between India and Bangladesh. The record now reads: India 22, Bangladesh 3.

This match was the 10th between these two sides in Asia Cup. India lead this series 9-1.

The partnership of 133 runs between Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim for the third wicket was Bangladesh’s highest partnership for any wicket against India. The previous best was 113 between Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul Islam for the second wicket at Mirpur in 2012.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s 117 is the highest score for Bangladesh against India, obliterating Alok Kapali’s 115 at Karachi in 2008.

Mushfiqur’s innings is also his personal best in ODIs, surpassing the 101 he made against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2001.

Mushfiqur’s innings is also the highest by a Bangladesh captain in this format, bettering Mohammad Ashraful’s 109 against UAE at Lahore in 2008.

Varun Aaron conceded 74 runs in 7.5 overs before being taken off the attack. He now shares the dubious distinction of conceding most runs by a bowler from a Test-playing country against Bangladesh. England’s James Anderson had also conceded 74 runs against Bangladesh – however, in 10 overs – at Nottingham in 2010.

Mohammed Shami (4/50) recorded his best figures in ODIs, bettering his 4/55 against New Zealand at Napier last month.

Virat Kohli (136) scored his 19th ODI hundred – his 13th in a chase.

Kohli has now aggregated 506 runs in six matches against Bangladesh at an average of 126.50 with three 100s and two 50s.

Kohli has now scored five tons in 10 ODIs in Bangladesh. No one else has managed more than three!

Mushfiqur and Kohli provided only the second instance in ODI history of both captains scoring 100s in the same match. The only other such instance was when Will Porterfield and Eoin Morgan scored individual tons during the Ireland-England ODI at Dublin in September 2013.

It was after 207 days and 12 matches across different formats that India finally registered a win outside India. The last such instance was against Zimbabwe at Harare in August 2013 – also under Virat Kohli’s captaincy!

India have now won eight ODIs on the trot under Virat Kohli.