Do-or-die for India; Bangladesh eye history
After a spectacular win for Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi, both teams will now be heading to Rajkot for the second match. India will be keen on coming back strong after the loss.
Here are five talking points ahead of the second game:
1) Rohit’s 100th T20I
Hitman is all set to become the first Indian men's cricketer to feature in 100 T20 international games. Already the leading run-getter and holding the record for most centuries in T20Is, Rohit will be looking to lead from the front to help India level the series. And everyone is aware, what Rohit is capable of, once he gets going.
2) Bangladesh aim for massive series win
After securing their first-ever T20I win against the Men in Blue, the Bangladeshi side would be looking to widen their horizon against an inexperienced Indian side by sealing the series at Rajkot. The players will be quite confident after the splendid display in the first game.
3) India’s death bowling
In the absence of stalwarts like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the death bowling has suffered. Khaleel Ahmed conceded 16 runs in the last four balls of the penultimate over which gradually cost India the game. Deepak Chahar bowled all his overs in the powerplay which was again surprising. Shardul Thakur too doesn't have a great track record bowling at the death.
4) The spin conundrum
Both Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal were exceptional with the ball at Delhi. Krunal Pandya has been in decent form as well. Hence, it's likely that Rahul Chahar may have to wait for his chance.
5) India’s middle-order muddle
India's search for a decent middle-order has now extended to the shortest format. Shreyas Iyer is yet to prove his credentials in T20Is while Rishabh Pant hasn't done justice to the opportunities provided. With short boundaries at Rajkot, both will be willing to display their mettle and go bonkers. The likes of Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey waiting in the wings will put pressure on these to perform.
The second T20 international between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to begin from 7 PM IST at the SCA stadium in Rajkot on the 7th of November.