Their frailties in the shortest format under the scanner, India would be aiming to ensure that a plucky Bangladesh don’t run away with the momentum when the two sides clash in the second T20 International, which is facing a cyclonic threat in Rajkot on Thursday.
India lost the smog-hit opening T20 in Delhi by seven wickets on Sunday, a stunning result against a side which landed here after a players’ strike over pay and other issues and the suspension of their biggest cricketer — Shakib Al Hasan — for failure to report corrupt approaches.
India have not had the kind of success in T20s as they have enjoyed in the other two formats of late and that is evident from the results this year.
They have already lost a series at home this year — to Australia — before drawing against South Africa who were otherwise hammered in Tests.
In the absence of some senior players, including regular skipper Virat Kohli, the second game of the three-match series is an ideal platform for the fringe players to show what they are made of.
India vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I: Weather Forecast and updates in Rajkot
4 pm IST: Contrary to expectations, the sun is shining bright in Rajkot.
Cyclone Maha has weakened into a deep depression. There is very little chance of rain later in the evening in Rajkot.
However, Cyclone Maha, which was earlier expected to hit Gujarat, may just skirt the state’s coast, according to fresh predictions released by the India Meteorological Department. The IMD has predicted that Maha will have weakened into a deep depression by then and that it will become a depression by evening.
Considering Cyclone Maha’s losing intensity, the IMD has withdrawn much of its earlier warnings.
Nonetheless, rain lashed the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday evening and helped form puddles on the ground. While it is expected to continue raining in the 1st half of Thursday, expect cloudy weather conditions during the match.
While the SCA Stadium has good drainage, the rain needs to stop at least a couple of hours in advance for the 2nd T20I to start on time.