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

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  • Sumon 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.

  • Nasim 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

  • Nasim 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?

  • rahman 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.

  • A 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.

  • Shuzi 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.

  • murali 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2014, 7:56 GMT

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

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