Date & Time: Thursday, November 07, 19:00 IST
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India
A comeback is a must for India with series on the line
All the talk of the much-anticipated one-sided affair has turned upside down in Delhi as Bangladesh registered their first-ever win against India in the T20I format. It’s not just about the victory but the way Bangladesh handled the pressure at times of crunch in the chase was impressive. On the other hand, the loss once again surfaced the host’s weakness of setting a target in the format which has been the talking point in recent times. Now with the series on the line, the pressure is truly on the hosts to bounce back and for Bangladesh, it is one of these rare opportunities to create history in the format.
Both sides are likely to continue with the same playing XI.
The surface in Rajkot is known for producing big runs which have been the case in the past T20IS here. So expect the same if the rain gods clear up for the match as the forecast is for a few showers.
He was in great form in his short stay at the crease in the first T20I. If one takes his Vijay Hazare tournament’s form into consideration, there is every chance he might come up with a worthy knock this time around. He has a PPM of 53.6 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the last 5 games.
He has shown why he is a key batsman of the side in the first game. Unlike his previous innings against India, this time he has seen his team home by holding his nerve in difficult moments. In the second game expect nothing different from him.
It has been a long time since a leg spinner has featured in the playing XI for Bangladesh. He may have only played a game before the first T20I but he played a vital role in restricting India to a par total. If the present trend of leg spinners is taken into consideration in the format, he might continue his good work in today’s game as well.
He has shown how desperate he is in the first game to come back into the side. He may have picked only a wicket at the end but he deserved a couple more with the way he bowled. His PPM of 43 and MDTA of 1.6 in the format makes him a must-have.