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Virat Kohli says bowlers found ways to get Bangladesh batsmen out on flat deck

Virat Kohli has praised the efforts of the spinners and the pacers in India’s 208-run win over Bangladesh in Hyderabad while coach Anil Kumble has said the team is focused on winning and not focusing on the pitch.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2017 15:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Virat Kohli,Ravichandran Ashwin,Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s four wicket hauls were backed up by a hostile spell from Ishant Sharma as India registered a 208-run win over Bangladesh in Hyderabad.(BCCI)

India skipper Virat Kohli praised the character of his team after India crushed Bangladesh by 208 runs to win the one-off Test at Hyderabad’s Uppal Stadium on Monday.

Chasing 459 to win, Bangladesh folded up for 250 runs in the second innings, but not before their batsmen displaying some resistance to save the match.

“The bowlers found ways to get batsmen out, that’s been the characteristic of our team. We didn’t get overexcited,” said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Kohli was the Man of the Match for his 204 in the first innings that helped India post a massive 687 for six declared. He became the first batsman to hit double centuries in four consecutive Test series.

“It was a good wicket to bat on, good toss to win, putting massive runs on the board helps. Bangladesh batted well in the first innings, the plan was to get into good habits and we have a big series coming up as well and the bowlers got into their rhythm,” he added.

While Indian spinners — Ravichandran Ashwin (4/73) and Ravindra Jadeja 4/78) — were once again the chief destroyers, Indian pacers Ishant Sharma (2/40) and Umesh Yadav, who bowled at an economy rate of 2.75 in the second innings, also impressed, troubling the Bangladesh batsmen with reverse swing and short-pitched bowling.

“Ishant’s spell was outstanding, coming with a soft ball, reversing it at pace. If we have two world-class spinners in the side, you can tell the fast bowlers to come in and attack and the partnership between them and the spinners is great. Umesh was a revelation really,” said Kohli.

About his own form, Kohli, who achieved the feat of scoring the most runs by an Indian batsman in a home season, said his plan is not to over-attack. “I just go into each game with a fresh mind, try to be aggressive, but not over-attack. I’m very comfortable with where my batting is,” said Kohli.

India coach Anil Kumble also praised the efforts of the team, stating that the mentality of the team is to just go out and win matches

“I am really pleased that the players are not looking at the surface and they just go out there and win Test matches,” Kumble told after the win.

India will now take on Australia in a four-match Test series starting in Pune on February 23.

First Published: Feb 13, 2017 15:48 IST