Rajkot T20I: Will Maha cyclone play a spoilsport?
India and Bangladesh are set to clash against each other in the second T20I on Thursday. However, it was predicted that match could get affected by the Maha cyclone. According to weather forecast, the rain could make its appearance today, however, things could get better as the day progresses. Here are further details regarding the same.
Storm over the Arabian Sea weakens into a deep depression
On Thursday, heavy rains lashed parts of Gujarat. However, the storm over the Arabian Sea weakened into a deep depression. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) withdrew much of its earlier warnings after Cyclone Maha lost intensity.
Puddles were formed at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Meanwhile, rain lashed the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday evening and that saw puddles being formed on the ground. Rainfall was also predicted during the first half of Thursday. One also could see cloudy weather conditions during the match. However, the SCA Stadium has good drainage system but the rain needs to stop at least a couple of hours in advance.
Weather updates: Things could get better
According to updates, the weather will be cloudy and thunderstorms are likely to occur in the afternoon. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM IST and chances of rainfall is less likely according to AccuWeather. One expects the weather to get clear after the evening. The temperature will be around 26 degree Celsius with wind speed at 11 km/hour.
SCA Stadium was greeted by a sunny morning
'Rajkot has always been a good track to bat on'
Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said the Rajkot pitch looks good and predicts a better surface than Delhi. "The pitch looks good. Rajkot has always been a good track to bat on and it does offer some assistance to the bowlers also. It will be a good pitch. I'm pretty sure it will be better than what you saw in Delhi."
Bangladesh players during their practice session
Snaps form the Bangladesh team's final practice session ahead of the second T20I. pic.twitter.com/HLiApKv2QG— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 6, 2019