The Indian cricket team is set to face Bangladesh on Thursday amid cyclonic threat looming large in Gujarat’s Rajkot. The three-match T20I series between India and Bangladesh has started on November 3 amid deteriorating air condition in Delhi. The opening T20 match took place as per schedule but many fingers were pointed at the Board officials for their decision of scheduling the match amid low air quality. The capital’s air condition was in a severe category when the match took place at Arun Jaitley stadium. However, now as the Men in Blue and Bangla Tigers looking forward to having another encounter in Gujarat’s Rajkot, the threat of a cyclonic storm looming large over it.
The second T20I of the series could be heavily affected by heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Maha and likely to be called off by the umpires.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm is around 640 km west-southwest of the Porbandar port of Gujarat’s Saurashtra region and likely to get fizzle out by Thursday evening and could turn into a depression over the Arabian sea. This could result in a heavy downpour in Rajkot. Although, the match can still take place without any interruptions on Thursday, said the weather department.
Bangladesh won the first match by 7 wickets thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim’s perfectly paced, unbeaten 60 off 43 balls. This was Bangla Tigers’ first win in last nine attempts against the Men in Blue.
According to a report by the Meteorological Department, Cyclone Maha is likely to cross the Gujarat coast on Thursday evening. The skies are cloudy and the storm can bring heavy rainfall in several parts of Gujarat on Thursday. Rajkot, where the T20I is taking place is could be affected due to the same reason.