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Kohli sees improvement in India's death bowling

Last updated on: February 27, 2014 09:07 IST

Kohli sees improvement in India's death bowling

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Virat Kolhi guided India to a convincing six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Wednesday and immediately credited his success to the contribution and hard work of his late father.

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Captaining the side in place of injured regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli led from the front, scoring a magnificent 136.

- Photos from the match

"I am very happy with the way the team performed today," said Kohli, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, at the post-match press presentation ceremony.

"I always thank my dad every time I achieve something. He worked very hard to help me get where I am," he said.


Image: Virat Kohli celebrates after reaching his century
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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'Rahane is a very positive guy and works very hard'

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Kohli shared a 213-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (73) which laid the platform for India's comfortable victory.

"It was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings. He was playing so well in New Zealand and South Africa and he played beautifully here too.

"He is a very positive guy and works very hard. So it was good for us to stay together till the end," said Kohli about Rahane.

He also lauded the bowling department for restricting Bangladesh to 279 for seven on a flat track.

"We bowled well today; there was improvement in the death overs. It was good to see everyone step up in the absence of Dhoni."


Image: Virat Kohli bowls during the match against Bangladesh on Wednesday
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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'Dew caused problems'

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Meanwhile, Abdur Razzak, who came in to talk on behalf of an injured regular skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at the post-match ceremony, held the dew factor responsible for the home team's defeat.

"Yeah, we had enough runs, but the dew caused problems, and we had not anticipated that," he said.

He praised Mushfiqur for his 113-ball 117-run knock that propelled Bangladesh to the huge total.

"Mushfiqur has improved a lot and he is playing very well for the team. We will have to push a little bit more while batting first," Razzak added.

 


Image: Bangladesh players celebrate after Shikhar Dhawan is adjudged leg before
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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