After battling smog and unhealthy air quality in Delhi, India and Bangladesh players might have to encounter another natural phenomenon during the second T20I of the three-match series in Rajkot on Thursday. If the reports of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) are to be believed, the second game might get cancelled due to a cyclone alert in Gujarat.Also Read - India vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I: Important to Keep Learning From Mistakes, Says Mushfiqur Rahim
The extremely severe cyclonic storm “Maha” is currently hovering over the north-central Arabian Sea and is expected to move slightly westward before curving back towards India. Cyclone Maha is expected to hit shores of Gujarat on November 6 and cause “heavy rains” in the state on the day of the match – November 7. Also Read - India vs Bangladesh 1st T20I Report: Mushfiqur Rahim Hits Unbeaten Half-Century as Bangladesh Beat India by 7 Wickets to Record Maiden Win
According to the reports in PTI, a severe cyclonic storm can make their presence felt between Dwarka and Diu on Wednesday night with wind speeds of 120 kilometres per hour. “Severe cyclonic storm Maha lay centred at 580 kilometres southwest of Diu and 550 kms southwest of Veraval. It is most likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and make landfall between Dwarka and Diu on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning with wind speeds of 120 kilometres per hour,” regional IMD director Jayanta Sarkar told PTI. Also Read - India vs Bangladesh: Fans Criticise BCCI For Scheduling 1st T20I in Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi Amid High Levels of Smog And Pollution
“The storm will cause heavy to very heavy rains in Saurashtra [the region of which Rajkot is a part] and south Gujarat on November 6-7. It is moving towards Oman but will recurve towards Gujarat coast on Monday,” he added.
Noted commentator and cricket expert Harsha Bhogle also flagged the unpredictability of the India weather on Twitter.
Talking about the first T20I, Bangladesh stunned the hosts by seven wickets to record their maiden win in T20I history. Courtesy the win, Bangladesh took the 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber. Mushfiqur Rahim slammed an unbeaten half-century to script a memorable win for the touring side.