Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 26, 2014

'Dew was a big problem' - Razzak

'Kohli was special today' - Razzak

Abdur Razzak has said that the Bangladesh bowlers had no answers to the problems imposed by dew and Virat Kohli in Fatullah. They failed to defend yet another 250-plus score against India, this time having two very experienced bowlers in the attack.

Since Angelo Mathews had spoken about how the dew did not affect Sri Lanka's total of 296 on Tuesday, Razzak was also asked if there was a drastic change in the conditions overnight. He said the next few matches will show what he is talking about.

"It was possible to defend a good total," Razzak said. "The big problem was the dew. It was present from probably the 22nd or 23rd over. There is no way out from playing with dew, we have to play with what we have.

"I don't know what Angelo Mathews said but you will see in the next matches here, how the team fielding second will be hampered."

Mashrafe Mortaza and Razzak took one wicket between them, conceding 99 runs in 19 overs. Among the current Bangladesh players, they have bowled the most overs while defending targets but average 31.15 and 40.14 in the second innings.

Rubel Hossain gave away 63 runs in 10 overs, the third consecutive time that he has conceded more than six an over. He delivered two telling yorkers, both to Kohli. While the first one was a free hit, the second got him a wicket.

The big worry would be how offspinner Sohag Gazi bowled in the innings. He conceded 49 runs in eight overs, later picking up the wicket of Rahane. The last time he took more than a wicket in an ODI was in the second match against New Zealand last October, a match-winning effort. He struggled against Sri Lanka in all three formats, and now the Asia Cup has also started poorly for him.

Surprisingly, Ziaur Rahman was given only five overs, which can make sense given that he is not a front-line option but Bangladesh are in a situation worth taking a punt with Ziaur.

But Razzak said the Kohli-Rahane pair batted far too well to give them a chance, particularly while picking the singles.

"I think our bowlers didn't do too badly," he said. "Virat Kohli played really well, he did something special today. We already need to have four in the circle. At times I pulled in an extra fielder, but they still picked the singles."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here