India vs Bangladesh: The inclement weather threat looming over India vs Bangladesh match in Gujarat’s Rajkot has reduced and the game is likely to begin at 7 PM. The Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday afternoon said that the Cyclone Maha has weakened in Gujarat, thereby keeping alive Rohit Sharma-led team’s hopes of winning the series.
Earlier, reports said that the second T20I of the three-match series might be called off, leaving India under pressure as they lost the first game in Delhi. The opening match was held amidst severe air pollution at the Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium last Sunday, November 3,
Bangladesh created history after they defeated India for the first time in the shortest format by seven wickets. The visitors led by Mahmudullah won the match after Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 43-ball 60-run knock. The win came at a time when Bangladesh were playing without ace players like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
Al Hasan, who the world’s best all-rounder, was banned by the International Cricket Council after failing to report corruption approach by a bookie. He will not be seen in section in all the formats for two years. On the other side, Tamim, the opener, pulled out of the India tour, saying he wanted to spend time with his wife. Both were expecting their second child.
In Delhi, India bowlers failed to impress as Deepak Chahar and K Khaleel Ahmed were the only wicket-takers. Now, bowling has become a concern for the team. Ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah was earlier ruled out of the ongoing series due to an injury. The team might also feel the absence of Virat Kohli who was given a rest. He will return to the team-fold in the upcoming two-match Test series. Rohit, the stand-in captain, will play his 100th T20I match today.