After the opening game was played in smog-wreathed Delhi, the second T20 International between India and Bangladesh at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot has been placed under a cyclone threat. The match which is scheduled for November 7 which is the same day as cyclone Maha is expected to make a landfall on the Gujarat coast. According to the latest India Meteorological Department' (IMD) forecast, cyclone Maha is speculated to hit the Gujarat coast as a 'cyclonic storm' between Porbandar and Diu during the early hours of Thursday.
The Maha cyclone which is an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' situated approximately 660 kilometers away from Porbandar, is predicted to weaken into a cyclonic storm before hitting the coast. The second T20 International of three-match series between India and Bangladesh which is set to begin at 7 pm, is also expected to receive light to moderate rain or thundershowers, as predicted by the IMD. In a statement to PTI, Saurashtra Cricket Association said that they are fully prepared to host the game and at the same time they are keeping a close check on the weather.
In a thrilling last-over match, Captain Mahmudullah finished off in style as Bangladesh beat India in the first T20 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi by 7 wickets. This was also Bangladesh's first victory against the Men in Blue in T20 cricket. The much-speculated match owing to the high pollution levels in Delhi witnessed a low-scoring but a spectacular show from the Bangladesh team as they took the match up till the last over to hand India defeat in the first match of the three-match T20 series.
Amid worrying pollution levels and hazardous air quality in the nation's capital Delhi, India and Bangladesh locked horns in the first T20 clash at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. A thick blanket of smog had engulfed several parts of Delhi on Sunday morning pushing its air pollution levels into hazardous territory. Visibility dropped significantly in the national capital as pollutants hovered in the atmosphere. Notably, for the first time in this season, the Air Quality Index (AQI) docked as high as 625 in the morning despite light drizzles in the early hours.