07 November 2019 16:37

Sourav Ganguly Cricket India

Bright sunshine, blue skies greeted Rajkot on Thursday morning ahead of the second T20I between India and Bangladesh at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. India and Bangladesh trained under clear blue skies on Wednesday afternoon but as dusk fell, the weather took a turn for the worse. Strong winds and heavy rain lashed the ground, shattering glass panes, breaking a wooden scaffolding, and sending sheets of tarpaulin flying this way and that. This afternoon at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Khandheri in Rajkot.#IndvBan #IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/990K5YYDkI — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 7, 2019 In half an hour's time, the outfield had come to resemble a shallow lake; the cyclone had duly arrived. As the evening wore on and the rain continued to pound away, the prospect of a full contest between India and Bangladesh had looked unlikely.

Even with the weather improving on match-day, a timely start will depend on how quickly the outfield drys up. The India vs Bangladesh second Twenty20 International (T20I) will take place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot later in the day with major focus remaining on the weather which might get effected due to Cyclone Maha. According to accuweather.com, there will be intermittent clouds over Rajkot from 2 pm to 5 pm with no chance of rain as the precipitation level is only one per cent. However, the weather might change after 5:00 pm. The weather will be partly sunny at 6 pm but some clouds are expected to come in as we inch closer to the start of the match at 7 pm.

It is unlikely that the toss will get effected and the play will likely start as per schedule. The rain will continue to stay away from Rajkot from 8 pm to 11 pm as well, as the precipitation level is zero percent. India currently trail the three-match T20I series 0-1 to Bangladesh. The third and final Test will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday. Bangladesh beat India comprehensively by seven wickets in the first T20I at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in New Delhi.

It also marked the first-ever T20I match victory for Bangladesh over India. After the the T20I series, India will host Bangladesh for a two-Test series starting from November 14 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. The final Test will be played from November 22 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma on Thursday became the 2nd Indian cricketer to reach the milestone of featuring in 100 T20Is for the country. India women's captain Harmanpreet Kaur was the 1st Indian player to the landmark.

Among men, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is the only other cricketer to have played 100 matches in the shortest format (111). On the other hand, 10 women cricketers (including Kaur) have now featured in 100 or more T20I matches, with New Zealander Suzie Bates and Australia's Ellyse Perry (both 111) leading the pack. When he took the field against Bangladesh in the 2nd T20I in Rajkot, Rohit also crossed Shahid Afridi (99) to become the 2nd-most capped male cricketer in the world. Earlier, during the 1st T20I in Delhi, Rohit had become the most-capped Indian men's player in T20Is, surpassing the legendary MS Dhoni (98). Most T20I matches played (top 5 men): Shoaib Malik - 111 Rohit Sharma - 100 Shahid Afridi - 99 MS Dhoni - 98 Ross Taylor - [email protected] is all set to play his 100th T20I tonight. Watch the Hitman share his thoughts on his memorable journey so far - by @28anand #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/niSC8Gg0ZQ BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2019 Most T20I matches played (top 5 women): Suzie Bates - 111 Ellyse Perry - 111 Deandra Dottin - 110 Sana Mir - 106 Jenny Gunn - 104 Rohit is currently leading India in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who has opted for rest before he comes back for the 2-Test series starting November 14. Before the Rajkot T20I, Rohit told BCCI that playing the 100th T20I for India was a 'very proud moment' for him. "First, I never thought I would play so many games. I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have got in the past. Till date, as well. It's been a long journey since I made my debut. There have been a lot of ups and downs. I have understood my game through this experience I have had. I am very happy where I stand right now, getting to know that I will be playing my 100th game for India. Very proud moment," said Rohit. Rohit won the toss and chose to field in Rajkot. India are currently trailing 0-1 in the series and will need to win on Thursday to remain alive in the series. Teams: Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed cricket Updated: Nov 07, 2019 16:30 IST Seems like the prayers of the cricket fans have been answered as bright sunshine was visible on Friday afternoon ahead of the second T20I between India and Bangladesh scheduled to be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in the evening. It was speculated that Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) Maha would play spoilsport as heavy rains were predicted for Friday evening. However, statistician Mohandas Menon tweeted the images of the city soaking in bright sunshine. READ: 'Dhawan's approach baffling,' former chief selector names new T20I opener The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) Maha had seemingly moved away from the west coast of India till last Tuesday but it has since turned around and was heading towards the Gujarat coast. Earlier on Wednesday, India and Bangladesh had trained under clear blue skies however, the weather had taken a U-turn later in the evening before clear sky emerging on Thursday morning. READ: Virat Kohli gives heartwarming reply to Yuvraj Singh's birthday wish Following the defeat in the national capital in the opening T20I, stand-in India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that the pressure is not just on any particular department, but on the entire team to perform in the remaining two matches of the series. "Pressure is just on the team to perform, as simple as that. Not a particular department. You've lost as a team, you've not lost as a bowling unit. So the focus will be on the team," Rohit told reporters on Wednesday.