India vs Bangladesh – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs Bangladesh taking place? Thursday, November 7th (13:30 UK time)

Where is India vs Bangladesh taking place? Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

What is the expected weather for India vs Bangladesh? 34c and sunshine with the threat of a cyclone

What channel is India vs Bangladesh on? This match will be shown live on Star Gold HD (Sky channel 717)

Where can I stream India vs Bangladesh? This match can be streamed live on SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for India vs Bangladesh? Tickets can be purchased for this match here!

LAST MEETING
Bangladesh beat India by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India were hugely disappointing in the first T20 clash in Delhi as their below-par total of 148/6 proved to be nowhere near enough and they lacked the incision and star quality of the absent Jasprit Bumrah when it came to trying to defend the total.
  • Rohit Sharma continues to deputise as skipper in Virat Kohli’s absence and he will be desperate to turn it around here so his first priority will be to lead from the front with the bat and hope the talented middle order of Rahul, Pant and Iyer can also raise their game and make significant contributions.
  • The may consider making a change to the bowling unit for this game with Shardul Thakur and Rahul Chahar both candidates to come into the side and Khaleel Ahmed could be the one to make way if they do make a change.

BANGLADESH

  • Bangladesh made history in the opening match of this series as the seven-wicket win was their first ever over India in this format of the game at the ninth attempt of asking so their confidence is flying coming into this match.
  • Their bowlers paved the way for the victory with an outstanding economical display and skipper Mahmudullah used eight different bowlers in that match which worked particularly well for them.
  • They will surely go unchanged for this match barring any unknown fitness issues after such an excellent all-round display although they will be hoping for a better opening partnership with the bat and more from key man Liton Das at the top of the order.

THE PREDICTION

India will be desperate to bounce back here after losing the first T20 match but their hopes may be thwarted by Cyclone Maha. Heavy rain and wind will hit Gujarat on Tuesday and there is a chance that the aftermath of the cyclone could affect play here. If the match does go ahead, then India have to be favoured but they will have serious improvements to make both with bat and ball. They did not put enough runs on the board in the first match and their under-strength bowling unit failed to defend the average total. Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and decisions were also brought into question and he along with the team will be desperate to improve in Kohli’s absence. Bangladesh were excellent in that first game but they may struggle here. India will step up their game a level and should have too much quality for them so expect the series to be level if the weather does not intervene.

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