India vs Bangladesh 2019: 2nd T20I - Match Preview
Bangladesh player shakes hand with India cricketer. Credit: BCCI

India vs Bangladesh 2019: 2nd T20I, Rajkot – Match Preview, Pitch Report, Weather Forecast, Predicted XI & Match Prediction; It wasn’t a great start for the Indian National Cricket Team to the series against Bangladesh. They failed to defend a moderate total on the board despite spinners delivering the goods for the team when it required. However, Bangladesh had a brilliant start to their tour and would like to replicate the same in Rajkot to seal the series for Bangladesh.

A young Indian side will look to save the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Bangladesh during the second match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday with Cyclone Maha threat looming large over Rajkot.

Changes Expected In Indian Lineup:

Rohit Sharma would like to return to get his form in the shorter format while Shikhar Dhawan needs to look after his strike rate in this format of the game. The management might ask him to contribute runs at a better strike rate in order to get pressure out of the middle-order batsmen.

Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, India vs Bangladesh 2019: 2nd T20I - Match Preview
Rohit Sharma with Pant and Chahal (Credits: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer looked confident but failed to covert his tally to a big one while Rishabh Pant has got enough chances to prove his mettle. The team management might bring Sanju Samson into the mix in order to get quick runs for the team, especially, with the regular players knocking runs at a slow strike rate.

Though they can make the quick fixes to their batting lineup, the problematic area will be their inexperienced bowling lineup. The likes of Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed failing to cope up with the pressure while Washington Sundar didn’t make the most of the spin conditions.

On the other hand, Bangladesh would love to make the most of the opportunity. Having secured Delhi T20I, the Mahmudullah-led side would like to win the game at Rajkot to show their emergence. They have got the perfect balance in all departments of the game to seal the series on Thursday.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar
Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar. (Credits: Twitter)

The team management would rely on their youngsters, who are willing to show their cricketing skills to the world. The likes of Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam and the fast bowlers would like to replicate the same show for Bangladesh.

India vs Bangladesh 2019: 2nd T20I, Rajkot – Match Preview

Date and Venue: November 6th 2019, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

Time – 7:00 PM IST

Pitch Report:

A run festival on the cards. It is a known thing that Rajkot pitch is a paradise for the batsman while bowlers would be on their toes. The fans can expect a high-scoring thriller.

India vs Bangladesh 2019: 2nd T20I, Rajkot - Match Preview, Pitch Report, Weather Forecast, Predicted XI & Match Prediction
Rajkot Stadium (Credits – Twitter)

Weather Forecast:

Not good news at all. The rain is on the cards. In fact, Toofan is in the forecast. There are chances of Cyclone Maha playing a spoilsport on the match day when the two sides face off for a crucial contest.

Predicted Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar

Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam

Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed celebrating a wicket with his teammates. (Credits – BCCI)

Match Prediction:

Despite losing the first game, the Indian National Cricket Team will enter into the game as the favourites to win. However, just like Delhi T20I, Bangladesh has got the goods to pull a surprise by knocking down the favourites. All in all, a cracking contest is on the cards with heavy advantage to Rohit Sharma-led side.

Head-to-head stats

Matches: 9

India Won: 8

Bangladesh Won: 1

Stats –

  • Rohit Sharma to play his 100th T20I Game at Rajkot.
  • Shreyas Iyer requires 10 runs to finish 1000 runs in this format.

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