IND Vs BAN: Cyclone 'Maha' Likely To Play A Killjoy In Rajkot T20I
India will take on Bangladesh in the second T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday but according to Rajkot Gujarat Weather Forecast, weather conditions are likely to play a spoilsport in this much-anticipated clash.
The forecast has suggested ‘heavy’ to ‘very heavy’ rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department, Cyclone Maha which is currently located over the Arabian Sea is expected to cross the Gujarat coast around Diu on Thursday afternoon. The forecast department at Ahmedabad has placed an orange-level alert for Rajkot district ahead of the match.
But there is still a probability of a game happening as Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has suggested that the cyclone is likely to weaken.
Here is a look at the Tweet by IMD
(a) CyclonicStorm Maha over AS weakened into deep depression. Centered abt 180 km west-southwest of Diu. To move east-northeastwards &weaken further. (b) Cyclonic Storm Bulbul over BoB abt 730 kmsouth-southeast of Paradip. To move north-northwestwards & intensify further. pic.twitter.com/cgWdw4GN8A— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) November 7, 2019
As per the last update on Wednesday, the cyclone was over the Arabian Sea, about 390 km WSW of Porbandar, and it was expected to move around the Saurashtra coast at noon of November 7.
While checking the Rajkot pitch on Wednesday, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma had said that the pitch looked good and Rajkot was always a good batting track. He added that it will offer some assistance to bowlers as well and will remain a good pitch throughout. He assured that the Rajkot pitch would play better than the Delhi one.
One last look from the Captain before the 2nd T20I in Rajkot! What's your prediction? #TeamIndia#INDvBANpic.twitter.com/OWoPmVG7pb— BCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2019
If the match is abandoned or India lose, this will be the second consecutive series that India will not win at home. As per reports, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will be present for the game.