India train ahead of must-win 2nd T20I as cyclone threat looms
India captain Rohit Sharma trains along with Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer in Rajkot (PTI Photo)
- India players were spotted training on Tuesday and Wednesday morning
- The sun was out on Wednesday even as cyclone threat looms over Rajkot T20I
- India are in danger of losing their 1st ever T20I series to Bangladesh
India had the weather gods to thank as they had plenty of sunshine during their training session on the eve of the 2nd T20I against Bangladesh in Rajkot.
India players trained at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium for the 1st time for the 2nd T20I on Tuesday. There was bright sunshine on Wednesday morning as well as the players got down.
Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was seen sprinting along with the likes of Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer. While KL Rahul was spotted having a batting session at the nets, the likes of Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar were seen sweating it out during the practice session.
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India will be keen on making a strong comeback as they face a must-win situation in the 2nd T20I. Notably, Bangladesh stunned India in the 1st T20I in smog-hit Delhi on Sunday.
The hosts' struggles with setting and defending totals were exposed once again as India managed a below-par total of 148. An unbeaten 60 from Mushfiqur Rahim gave Bangladesh their 1st ever win over the Asian giants in T20I cricket.
After a rare failure from stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul joined hands but the duo was struggling to get the big shots. Thanks to some big-hitting from Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya in the end, India were able to give something for their bowlers to work with.
However, the inexperienced bowling attack was put under immense pressure by Bangladesh batsmen. The likes of Khaleel Ahmed and Deepak Chahar conceded aplenty as Bangladesh coasted to win with 3 balls to spare.
Meanwhile, India might not even get a chance to stage a comeback in the T20I series as cyclone threat looms large over the Rajkot T20I. While it was bright and sunny on Wednesday morning, cyclone Maha is expected to make landfall between Gujarat in Dwarka and Diu later on Wednesday, causing heavy rains in Saurashtra [the region of which Rajkot is a part] and south Gujarat.
"Severe cyclonic storm Maha lay centered at 580 kilometres southwest of Diu and 550 kms southwest of Veraval," IMD director Jayanta Sarkar told PTI. "It is most likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and make landfall between Dwarka and Diu on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning with wind speeds of 120 kilometres per hour.
"The storm will cause heavy to very heavy rains in Saurashtra [the region of which Rajkot is a part] and south Gujarat on November 6-7. It is moving towards Oman but will recurve towards Gujarat coast on Monday."