Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah

'Dew was a big problem' - Razzak

Mohammad Isam in Fatullah

February 26, 2014

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'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."


Virat Kohli drives down the ground, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup 2014, Fatullah, February 26, 2014
Virat Kohli added to the problems imposed on the Bangladesh bowlers because of the dew © AFP
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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."

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Posted by bangla_slog on (February 28, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

FYI, Virat Kohli is "complaining" about dew problem after their loss against Sri Lanka. :D Stop being hard on Bangladesh now.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 27, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

When BD squad was named for Asia Cup, I chose this combination and order for the India match- 1. Shamsur 2. Imrul 3. Anamul/ Naeem 4. Nasir 5. Mushfiq (c) 6. Mominul 7. Zia 8. Gazi 9. Razzak 10. Al-Amin 11. Rubel/Mashrafe As Mushy is likely to miss out for a dislocated shoulder, and Afghanistan seems to be weaker against spin, my XI for the Afghanistan game would be- 1. Shamsur 2. Imrul 3. Naeem 4. Anamul 5. Nasir 6. Mominul 7. Zia 8. Gazi 9. Razzak 10. Arafat 11. Mashrafe (c) Short bowling spells usually work well, e.g. overs 1-10 (P): Mashrafe/Gazi, 11-20: Zia/Razzak, 21-30: Arafat/Gazi 31-35: Nasir/Razzak, 36-40 (P): Mashrafe/Zia 41-45: Razzak/Zia, 46-50: Arafat/Mahsrafe

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 27, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

You cannot prevent dew to fall, nor have more than 50% chance to win a toss. It is useful to think over the mistakes and how to correct those instead of blaming luck. e.g. 1. Playing XI: BD won against India in 2007 WC with 3 left arm spinners. Razzak and inform Arafat both could be picked and out-of-touch Gazi dropped. Al-Amin would've been more economical choice than Rubel. 2. Batting order: Naeem, if selected, with strike rate of 66 should bat at no. 3 only. No. 5/6 are tricky positions where more able batsmen are needed who can rotate the strike as well as accelerate according to situations - Mominul would be better player in that position. 3. Batting: As always, finding gaps and running were poor as well as the first 10 power-play. However, last power-play overs came in handy, because one set and able batsman was in the crease. 4. Bowler rotation: If dew was a headache, why didn't Gazi bowl with the new ball as he often does? Why did Rubel replace Zia who just had a breakthrough?

Posted by jeetuda on (February 27, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

it is simply crazy to play day an night in these conditions,icc needs to look at this issuie,win toss win match.this this so laughable,they should scrap all the remaining day an night matches in this condition.this is turning a joke into.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (February 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Please Take Gazi out now and bring is Arafat Sunny - he is in much better form now. And after the next game, bring Shakib in and take our Nasir NOT Naeem, because Naeem is a very valuable player in the middle, which Nasir clearly isn't right now.

Posted by TigerRoars on (February 27, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Maybe it was a problem, but SL bowlers were able to restrict PAK bat despite the dew. We don't want excuses. Show that you are accountable.

Posted by pull_shot on (February 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

I accept with him but still in home conditions they should have prepared for that but have to say kohli was too quick on his feet while pulling spinners even odd ball keeping low

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Mr.razzaq how many excuse do you give.The main point is razzaq and gazi is not good spinner,arafat sunny far better than gazi and razzaq,but team management went for experience but bangladesh is a country where player got experienced and their form go zero.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

@anshu.s, thats exactly what i am trying to say bro, if you read my comment carefully you will see that i am not using dew as an excuse in this match and defending bangladesh, rather i am saying that it is a problem which needs to be addressed generally for cricket...nevertheless thanks for you comments, i respect your views...

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Win against B'Desh does not erase the ODI defeats in NZ, SA,AUS,ENG.

Posted by anshu.s on (February 27, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

Oaky there was dew but it was not that much ,Bangladesh slow bowlers extracted just little turn throught the game which indicated dew was not hampering them excessively, dew here compared to what you get in India is nothing , in the IND-AUS 7 math odi series and champions league held in India one could see huge mists of water spraying around whenever they employed the ropes durings the drink interval.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Kohli and Rehane were brilliant and hats off to them and I take nothing away from their lovely effort. However, the ICC must find out ways to take the dew factor out of he equation and give both teams a level playing field...This could either be done by coming up with a technologically better ball which is not effected by the dew or scrap day-night matches altogether where dew is prevalent in a particular region...a wet ball not only effects spinners badly but it also takes out reverse swing out of the game which requires a dry ball...it is a batsman's game as we all know and this adds to the misery of bowlers...at the risk of sounding extreme this would also discourage young aspiring boys to become good one day bowlers which the game so badly needs...i am sure all captains would agree with this...because today the team which is the beneficiary of the dew could very easily be a victim of it tomorrow...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 27, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

@Rohini Tharmakulasingham "BD scored nearly 290 and fought back albeit 6 balls"

Tells that you haven't watched the game. The fate of the game was sealed even before 40 overs and BD scored under 280 not nearly 290. Once kholi got out the middle order played out safe this should have been closed in 48 over

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (February 27, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

why flat pitch! it is not the best pitch to use your home condition for BD. need another 30+ score. hopefully next time BD wil do something different if they are in good position to increase the score. When due is a factor then BD team management should play three seamers. When other teams are right about team combination then BD should pick according to pitch condition as they are used to this conditions than others.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

BD has improved in the last 10 years, but simply not good enough to compete consistently with the top sub-continent teams yet. In the last 25 years BD's win-loss ratio is 3-22 against India, 1-30 against Pak and 4-31 against SL (that is less than 10% wins). Playing well is not good enough. A good team needs to know how to win. Everyone knew the dew was coming. From 208 for 3 in 40 overs, any other team would have scored another 100 runs on this pitch. BD scored 70. Also, this wasn't a close victory by any means. India could have easily chased down 300 on this track. They just took it a bit slow in the end.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 27, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Silly excuses again. Bangladesh coach and captain are totally incompetent and need to be replaced.

Posted by sundersingh on (February 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

it would be nice if he said KOHLI was a problem....

Posted by sundersingh on (February 27, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

if it is a t20 then dew is not matter....

Posted by Practical_person on (February 27, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

Lets face it although it was a good effort they should have definitely scored more on this wicket against an inexperienced bowling lineup. I anticipate Pakistan and SL scoring much more against this bowling line up. Dew does play a major factor but Bangladesh did not pick up any wickets till after the 40th over.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

seriously.....the trash talk from bangladeshi players still going on?????? Everybody could see the difference in quality.... As if extra 20-30 runs have stopped india from winning the game...lol If you are pathetic at the only game you play....the least you can do is take the responsibility

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 27, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Lol. Excuses. when Dhoni said like that, everyone will criticize him. Mathews and Razzak quoting from Dhoni!. ha ha.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

BD,dont give up.Previous matches in all formats against SL showed the high standard of BD team.Match against India needs special accolades due to the reason BD scored nearly 290 and fought back albeit 6 balls.Dew is a genuine problem.All have to face.That is why this game is filled with glorious uncertainities.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

dew is a factor, agree.everyone seems to blame the bowlers, lack of ideas on the field, lack of intencity etc. but to me the batters didn't fulfill their role completely. againts this indian batting lineup (however inecperienced it might be) under these subcontinental conditions the opposition has to score more than 300 to stand a good chance of winning. there will be days when the batters will fail & india will loose, but most of the time india will win chasing a target below 300 playing in asia.i think by now all international teams should be aware of.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 27, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

And they say as if Razzak is the team-man, he always boosts team's morale etc. etc. Razzak leading our team is the last thing Bangladesh need... In fact, there were only two players really worthy to lead Bangladesh- Shakib and Mashrafe, although everybody dreads that position by courtesy of BCB. Selection of playing eleven, adjusting the batting order, rotating bowlers and setting the field, handling pressure on and off fields - these qualities defines a captain and unfortunately Mushfiq don't fit although he is just developing. His development as a captain is too slow to appreciate unlike that as a batsman.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

Serves Bangladesh and Mashrafe well! They were put in their place! Before starting to (trash) talk it is about time they show consistently they can win some key games! They have to be indebted to India in the first place for being allowed to play tests!

Posted by Lakpj on (February 27, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

Well this could be a problem in key games and especially with a WC to be played on the same grounds this might put big value on the toss. we don't want WC winners to be decided on tosses do we? best option is to start the matches by 12 and finish them before the dew.

Posted by Nampally on (February 27, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

It is an unnecessary excuse by Razzak. Everybody knew that the side batting first had the advantage of avoiding the Gew later in the second innings. So the side batting first had to make allowances for it by scoring a big total. On this ground with a short boundary of 60 to 65 yards except in the straight field, So BD being the Home team should have known it for ever about the Dew being a factor. Why did they not compensate for it? It was surprising that there were not many more Sixers. The absence of 3 "Finishers" in Dhoni, Raina & Yuvraj may explain it. BD is one of the 2 weakest of the 5 teams in the tournament. If they play well they may win against Afghanistan- as their only victory. I expect India, Pakistan & SL will be the 3 teams fighting it out for the top honours. Speaking of the Dew, why is the game not started earlier to avoid the Dew being a factor? Perhaps the weather or TV revenues may be the other factors. These days Money Rules & is always above the game of Cricket!

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 27, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

Pak batted second yesterday and lost....not sure what BD is talking about

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

Dew or not dew, it is a foregone conclusion. The irony is that most of the Bangladesh bowlers have an economy rate below 5. Now if you have so many bowlers with economy rate of below 5, then that team should be good enough to beat any time. Here in lies the real story. Bangladesh play too many matches against Zimbabwe, Kenya, and other associate nations and boost their records. When they play test sides, they are blown away.

Posted by KingOwl on (February 26, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

Well, this makes SL's defense against Pakistan even greater. I know that Banglas are always coming up with excuses for their defeats - not a sign of a mature team. But, if there was dew, there is no doubt the batting side will have benefited. When the batting side happens to be the kings of flat tracks, it certainly would have made a big difference.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

BD should have forhad reza instead of gazi and keep zia in addition to two pacers. In this way they will have 4 pacers with 2-3 of them can bat too. if shakib com then the bowlers would: shakib, Razzak, Zia, Forhad, Mashrafee, and rubel. In this way they get shakib, zia, and forhad as batsmen and others as bowlers. mashrafee can bet too.

Posted by Aus_guy on (February 26, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 26, 2014, 20:06 GMT) @mzm149...funny thing is Pak batted second and still couldn't win...even with DEW helping them!!!!

Agreed totally!!!

Posted by i_golam on (February 26, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

Change Rubel plesae ! We need bowlers who van take out the pace & ball wicket to wicket like Ziaur !! Nasir & Gazi got to go / Imrul & Sunny can take their places ! Why the BD players can not take singles ? What is the wrong with them ?? Be able to master in singles in any location is the epitome of a decent cricket player ! in today's match BD came short of 30/40 runs that could have come as easily if BD players could master the art of being able to take the singles anytime , anywhere !!! Do not blame guys ... do the job just as you have been told to do and play sensibly and daring .... then can you see ... everything will be all right, and the "Wins" will come in lines !!

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 26, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Bravo BCB. Well, it's BCB 1 - Team BD 0; BCB can rejoice now keeping key players away, a game well played by politician BCB. However, BD wasn't a push over by any means.

Posted by dulabhai on (February 26, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

If the loss was due to dew, let's not play in the dew. BCB why not you setup day matches only?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

I Don't Think So, Their Real Problem in Confidence

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 26, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Here come the excuses just as I was expecting. So if the dew is such a huge factor, why not play all games at day ? It's not India's fault. As if Bangladesh played brilliant cricket ! They were mediocre in terms of bowling and fielding.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

India completely outclassed Bangladesh. If Bangladesh are to ever get somewhere they need to stop with these excuses for defeat. And this is totally coming from a Pakistani.

Posted by Fogu on (February 26, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Hypocrites! Really! The same narrative has been said by both home and visiting players for the last couple of years. I think the matches should start at 9:30 in the morning. Due to profit considerations, matches are moved back at the expense of good cricket. Day matches will be more entertaining with both teams having the same chance. These pitches are pretty good for cricket with something in for both batsmen and bowler with a little more nod towards the batsmen.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

What a lame excuse for someone playing in his backyard. Lack of imagination on and off the field.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Exactly like most people are saying, why dont they hold it on day games where the transpiration is less obvious. I dont see a problem it being a day game since in Asia, the sun and temperature is roughly the same all around. It's probably because of spectators watching under the heat of the sun.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Well if Indian captain says the same thing, it'd be called off as an excuse. Hypocrites!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Exactly why Bangladesh chased down 290 against India in the last Asia cup. This has to stop - or hold only day matches. Or finish matches before dew sets in. Or pay scientists trillions to find a solution. One-sided matches with huge scores and bowlers getting hammered is not good. Conditions should be equal.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

"He delivered two telling yorkers, both to Kohli. While the first one was a free hit, the second got him a wicket." - The first one was to dhawan

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