Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the second T20I between India and Bangladesh from the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. This is Shivansh Gupta and I will be bringing you all the action as it unfurls in Rajkot.
[IN PROGRESS- 1ST INNINGS]
BAN- 78/1 | Overs- 10
Naim 36(30), Sarkar 12(10)
The medium pacer concedes eight runs from his first over. At the halfway stage, Bangladesh is on course for a big total.
Change in bowling: Rohit Sharma brings on India’s fifth bowling option in Shivam Dube.
BAN- 64/1 | Overs- 8
Naim 31(26), Sarkar 3(2)
New batsman in: Soumya Sarkar comes in at number three.
Liton Das 29(21b, 4×4) run out Pant
RUN-OUT! Rishabh Pant redeems himself as Liton Das runs out of luck! Chahal’s googly grazes the front pad of Das and deflects on to Pant. The ball hits the keeper’s chest and falls close to the stumps. Panth aggressively appeals for LBW and Das and Naim have a moment of miscommunication. Das runs for a single.Pant rushes to the ball and finds a retreating Liton short of his ground with a direct hit.
BAN- 59/0 | Overs- 7
Das 29(20), Naim 29(23)
DROPPED BY THE SKIPPER! Liton Das is given a third lifeline. Bowler Washington Sundar cannot believe it. Das mistimes a slog sleep and the balls finds the top edge of the bat. Both the keeper and skipper run for the catch. Pant holds back and allows Rohit to attempt the catch, who spills the catch.
BAN- 54/0 | Overs- 6
Das 26(17), Naim 27(20)
Das, in the next delivery, made India pay by tonking a pitched-up delivery for a boundary. Liton follows it up with another boundary through the cover region. Chahal pitched it short and the batsman slapped it for four.
STUMPING MISSED! Rishabh Pant has squandered a simple stumping opportunity. Chahal gave the ball a lot of flight and foxed Liton into advancing down the track with great turn, but the batsman missed completely and all Pant had to do was collect the ball and dislodge the bails. However, Pant was too eager to do so and ended up collecting the ball before the ball crossed the line of the stumps. That’s not allowed and umpires declares it a no-ball. Free-hit for Bangladesh.
Change in bowling: Yuzvendra Chahal has been brought on to bowl.
BAN- 41/0 | Overs- 5
Das 15(11), Naim 26(19)
Change of ends but no change in fortunes for the left-arm pacer. Another short delivery and Naim obliges as he rocks back a little and pulls the ball through the mid-wicket region. On the fourth delivery of the over, Naim gets lucky. Khaleel bowls a good length delivery and the batsman has to rush into the shot. The ball finds the bottom edge of the blade and races down to the third man fence.
Khaleel Ahmed changes ends, replacing Deepak Chahar.
BAN- 31/0 | Overs- 4
Das 14(10), Naim 17(14)
The off-spinner starts well, only conceding seven off his first over.
Change in bowling: Washington Sundar is introduced into the attack.
BAN- 24/0 | Overs- 3
Das 9(6), Naim 15(12)
Good over from Deepak Chahar. Concedes only four runs from his second over.
BAN- 20/0 | Overs- 2
Das 6(5), Naim 14(7)
Expensive first over! Naim welcomes Khaleel Ahmed into the attack with a boundary down the ground and past the mid-off fielder. Next ball, Khaleel digs it short and Naim squats and and smashes it through the square leg region. Naim then made it three in three as he pulled another half-tracker to the fence. 14 off the second over.
Khaleel Ahmed is sharing the new ball with Deepak Chahar.
BAN- 6/0 | Overs- 1
Das 5(4), Naim 1(2)
Deepak Chahar right on the money first up. A good length delivery around off and Das negotiates it. Next ball, Das guides the ball angling in from off-stump down to third man to get off the mark. Naim, then, tucks the ball pitched on leg to mid-on to get off the mark. Das finishes off the first over with a lovely drive through square leg.
Chahar to Liton Das and here we go!
Bangladesh’s openers Liton Das and Mohammad Naim have walked out to bat in the centre. Deepak Chahar has the new ball in hand.
Toss Update: Rohit Sharma wins toss, opts to bowl first against Bangladesh in the second T20I. Both teams are unchanged from the first T20I in New Delhi.
MILESTONE ALERT: Skipper Rohit Sharma will be playing his 100th T20I for India tonight in Rajkot.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (W/K), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (W/K), Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Here’s what both captains opined at the toss:
Mahmudullah: I don’t think so (about toss being a factor). Pitch looks really hard, nice to bat on. I would have loved to bowl first too but now will want to put some runs on the board. It’s a good oppportunity for all of us (to win the series). Need put all these thoughts aside and do the basics well. Important for the senior players to do well. Even the youngsters have done well. We’re unchanged too.
Rohit: We’re gonna field first. Looks a good pitch. Rajkot has always been a good pitch. I see some tracks there but this has always been a good surface. I also hear that there might be some dew later on, and that should help chasing. I’m aware of the stats but like I said, it gives us to do unusual things (regarding defending scores). But having said that, once you know what to chase, it’s easier for batsmen. They know what tempo to go at. We’re unchanged. I think we didn’t perform that badly in the last game.
Pitch report: Rajkot has always been a batsmen-friendly pitch and this deck is no different. A rock-hard surface with a bit of grass cover on top. The team winning the toss should look to bowl first. Pitch report was presented by Sunil Gavaskar and Murali Kartik.
Weather update: The weather so far is holding up. Rajkot of the second T20I was greeted by bright sunshine, blue skies.
After Cyclone Maha made landfall in Rajkot yesterday, strong winds and heavy rain lashed the ground, shattering glass panes, breaking a wooden scaffolding, and sending sheets of tarpaulin flying this way and that.
Here’s our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda’s preview.
India and Bangladesh trained under clear blue skies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on Wednesday afternoon but as dusk fell, the weather took a turn for the worse. Strong winds and heavy rain lashed the ground, shattering glass panes, breaking a wooden scaffolding, and sending sheets of tarpaulin flying this way and that.
In half an hour’s time, the outfield had come to resemble a shallow lake; the cyclone had duly arrived. The rain continued to pound away for an hour, before eventually fading in intensity. It remains to be seen what weather Thursday brings, and if there will be a full contest between India and Bangladesh in the second T20I here.
In the event of a game, though, there is much at stake for both sides. India’s defeat in the first encounter of the three-match series was unexpected but it is no longer a result — as Rohit Sharma pointed out — that may be classified as an upset.
Bangladesh ought to have registered its first T20 win over India some time ago, and Sunday’s victory — when players kept a cool head towards the end instead of imploding in a panic — will have given the touring side much confidence.
There were no extravagant celebrations from the Bangladesh team at the finish; Mahmudullah’s men clearly believe they can return home with a series win. India’s 2-0 defeat to Australia in February was its first home T20 series loss in over three years.
In September, the side drew 1-1 with South Africa after a thrashing in Bengaluru. The T20 World Cup is still a year away, and it would be unwise to read too much into the outcome of a bilateral engagement when India is missing key players, but a series defeat to Bangladesh now would cause some concern.
Room for improvement
Moreover, there is a sense — not entirely unfounded — that T20 is India’s weakest format. There is work to be done. In Delhi, India’s poor use of its review in the field, Krunal Pandya’s dropped catch, and Khaleel Ahmed’s 19th over understandably drew attention. But India did not exactly dazzle with the bat either.
Shikhar Dhawan made a laboured 42-ball-41, the sort of innings that simply puts too much pressure on those batting at the opposite end. India managed only 35 runs in the Powerplay, before the hundred arrived in the 16th over.
Rohit Sharma defended that approach as being necessary on a difficult surface, but the top six — with the exception of Shreyas Iyer and perhaps the captain — ought to have shown greater intent. India would approach its batting differently in the second T20, Rohit stated, because the pitch here was conducive to stroke-making. There was no need to make changes to the batting group, he felt; it seems unlikely that the bowling combination will be tinkered with either.
To Bangladesh, a series win will be cause for celebration, especially given the circumstances under which the touring party arrived in the country. India will be desperate to avoid a series defeat, even if the players have been keen to deflect all talk of pressure. The home team made mistakes in the first match; it cannot afford any more of them in the second. But first the weather must relent.
Meanwhile in the Caribbean, India Women’s team defeated West Indies by six wickets to clinch the ODI series 2-1. Player of the match Smriti Mandhana smashed 74 to power India to victory.
MATCH BROADCAST DETAILS
The match will be shown on the Star Sports network and can also be streamed live on Hotstar. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
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