Bangladesh, who stunned India with a swift victory in the first T20I, will look to seal the series when they meet again on November 7 (Thursday) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association in Rajkot. The host will be desperate to save the series and take it to the third and the final game.

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The Tigers will be high on confidence after an outstanding victory in the first match. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah responded well under pressure to take their side home. The visitors will want another monumental effort from their senior players to seal the series in Rajkot.

Bangladesh toured India without Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal and not many expected much out of them. However, they produced a complete team effort to seal the victory and will be eyeing the historic series win.

Shivam Dube, Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim’s match-winning heroics helps Bangladesh Take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series (Credits: BCCI)

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On the other hand, India will have to be at their best to beat this Bangladesh side. They are likely to go in with a few changes for the next match. Meanwhile, the host are on a mission to experiment with their playing XI ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.

With KL Rahul failing consistently, Sanju Samson might get a go. He has been in brilliant form in recent times coming from the back of a double hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Khaleel Ahmed’s poor effort in the first game might also open the gates for Shardul Thakur, who has been waiting in the wings for quite some time now.

Date and Place: India vs Bangladesh, November 7 (Thursday), at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Series Result

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Match Prediction

India will have a lot to worry about ahead of the second game because of their poor record in Rajkot. So far, the host has played two ODIs and two T20Is and have managed to win only one. The only win came way back in 2013 when they beat Australia by 6 wickets in a T20I. In their last T20I at the venue, New Zealand thrashed them by 40 runs.

However, going by experience in the side and the home support, India are the favourites to level term in the three-match series.