Published:  12:43 AM, 07 November 2019

Rajkot pitch awaits a run-fest

Rajkot pitch awaits a run-fest Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

The spectators at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, the venue for the second Twenty20 match between Bangladesh and India, are going to enjoy a festival of runs as the pitch is devoid of grass.Speaking to Times of India, groundsman Mansukhbhai Terraiya mentioned that the pitch has been completely covered considering the forecast of heavy rain.

In 2017, visiting New Zealand played a T20I against hosts India at Rajkot. The Kiwis scored a massive 196 for 2 in 20 overs. Chasing 197 to win, India managed to score 156 for 7 in 20 overs resulting in a loss by 40 runs. In 2013, Australia scored a huge 201 for 7 in 20 overs at Rajkot but hosts India overpowered Aussies and won the match by 6 wickets. Yuvraj Singh smashed unbeaten 77 off 35 balls featuring 5 sixes and 8 fours. In the circumstances, both the teams will hope for a high scoring match at Rajkot.

Rajkot pitch is generally a batting-friendly one for batsmen with offering true bounce and minimal sideways movement. However, cyclonic storm named 'Maha', expected to make a landfall today's night before starting to weaken.

Earlier, Bangladesh played their first T20I at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi despite poor air quality and clinched a historic win over India. Tigers sealed maiden T20 win against India in their soil. A win will help Tigers' clinch their maiden T20 series victory over India.

However, with the Cyclone weakening in the past few days, the officials at the Saurashtra Cricket Association are hopeful of having a game on the 7th, citing that if the rain does not play a major hindrance, they have good enough drainage facilities to handle the situation and get on with the game.

"If we have light showers in the morning of the match day, but there is no rain in the later part of the day, we are confident of having a match. We have very good drainage facility and an experienced ground staff who are capable of handling any emergency. We are just praying the rain is not too severe," SCA Secretary Himanshu Shah said.

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