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Nov 6, 2019, 11:30:00 AM

Possible scenarios in India’s second T20I game against Bangladesh

Sportsbet.io predicts the turning points that can affect the Men in Blue’s upcoming T20I game against Bangladesh.

Moving on from a shock loss in Delhi, India hopes to avoid a fifth T20I series loss on home turf when they take the field at Rajkot on Thursday. Bangladesh are already 1-0 up in the three-match series and another win will see them clinch the title.

Bat first or second

Rajkot has hosted just two T20 international games, with India chasing Australia’s target of 202 with six wickets and two balls to spare. The pitch conditions offer a helping hand to batsmen hence the team winning the toss should ideally bat first.

Winning record when batting first or second

Team

India

Other Teams

Bat first

-

1

Bat second

1

-

Average T20I score per innings

India’s T20I game against Australia has been the only high-scoring fixture at Rajkot, with an unbeaten knock of 77 by Yuvraj Singh propelling the Men in Blue past the Kangaroos in the only T20I of the 2013 tour of India. After an off show in the opening game, Rohit Sharma and Co. have a chance to make up for it here with a massive score on the board.

Average T20I score per innings at Rajkot

Team

India

Other teams

1st innings

-

201

2nd innings

202

-

Top Batsman

Rohit Sharma will earn his 100th cap at Rajkot tomorrow and will look to consolidate his status as the best T20I batsman around. The opener currently holds the records for most tons (4) and sixes (109) in the shortest format of the game and aims to lead the Men in Blue in levelling the three-match series with a match-winning knock.

Since 2018, Mushfiqur Rahim has been a key figure in Bangladesh’s improvement in T20Is, scoring 520 runs at a strike rate of 130.65 in 21 games. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman top-scored in the Tigers’ seven-wicket win in Delhi and is poised to help the side maintain their 80% winning rate in T20Is, in 2019.

Top Batsmen (in 2019)

Player

Matches

Runs

Strike Rate

4s / 6s

Rohit Sharma

9

215

122.85

18 / 11

Mushfiqur Rahim

5

123

125.51

12 / 3

Top Bowler

In 2019, the Indian bowlers have the second-worst bowling average among the 11 Test playing nations (31.50) and need an inspired performance to turn the tables around. Deepak Chahar, who was among the three wicket-takers in Delhi, is the only bowler to average below 20 this year and will be tasked with spelling trouble on a batsman-friendly wicket.

Aminul Islam was the pick of the bowlers in the first T20I, picking up the crucial wickets of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer in his three-over spell. The 20-year-old is just two games old in his T20I career but looks set for another match-defining display against the Men in Blue.

Top Bowlers (in 2019)

Player

Matches

Wickets

Economy

Best bowling

Deepak Chahar

4

6

10.83

3/4

Aminul Islam

2

4

8.33

2/38


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Words: William Paul

Images:  PA