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GRITTY EFFORT:Opener Sikandar Raza’s knock came in for praise from skipper Brendan Taylor.— Photo: AFP
GRITTY EFFORT:Opener Sikandar Raza’s knock came in for praise from skipper Brendan Taylor.— Photo: AFP

Virat Kohli was ecstatic at beginning the Zimbabwe tour in tremendous fashion.

“Our bowlers did a very good job up front. The new ball was doing quite a bit in the morning and with two new balls you can’t count any team out,” he said.

Kohli also acknowledged debutant Ambati Rayudu’s effort. “Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu, he’s got an India call-up after a long time and he’s grabbed his opportunity very well,” he said.

Rayudu said: “It’s been a long wait for me. When I came to know about my debut, I couldn’t sleep last night. I was totally blank.

“My only aim today was to go out there and enjoy myself. I decided that I will play each ball on its merit. It was great to play with Virat, who is the best batsman in ODI cricket. My job was to play alongside him,” he said.

Zimbabwe skipper Brendon Taylor was not disappointed with his side’s efforts but wished it had scored some more runs.

“The first hour was vital, we didn’t lose any wickets but we could have been a bit more proactive. Against a quality side like India we needed 270 on the board,” he said.

Taylor also derived satisfaction from performance of opener Sikandar Raza and off-spinner Prosper Utseya, who accounted for Kohli and Suresh Raina.

“Sikandar Raza played very well, showing good composure despite having hardly played any games. Prosper Utseya was good with the ball and hopefully next time we can come out and express ourselves a little better,” Taylor said. — PTI

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