Another electrifying match played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium and well administered and hosted by the Association.
T20 International match between India vs Bangladesh, 2nd match of the Series, played at Rajkot on 7th November 2019 at SCA Stadium. Spectators witness some powerful performances, especially by Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma. This match was must win for Team India to keep the Series live.
India convincingly and remarkably defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second T20 match of the series. After being asked to bat first, the team Banglandesh were restricted to 153/6. YuzvendraChahal took two wickets, while Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed and Washington Sundar claimed one each. Chasing 154 runs to win, Rohit Sharma, playing his 100th T20I, smashed 85 off just 43 balls made Team India won with 26 balls to spare to level the three-match series 1-1. Unfortunately, Rohit fell 15 runs short, otherwise it would have been a perfect celebration of his 100th T20 International Match. He was rightly adjourned Player of the Match.
Exceptional performance by Team India was well augmented by great entertainment of DJ Music and fireworks organised by Saurashtra Cricket Association. Sporty, Cricket loving and fun filled spectators have had super cricketing and entertaining moments.
Shri Jaybhai Shah, Hon. Secretary – BCCI and Shri Arun Singh Dhumal, Hon. Treasurer – BCCI alongwith all other notable dignitaries graced the match with their august presence.
Shri Jaybhai Shah, Hon. Secretary – BCCI, Shri Arun Singh Dhumal, Hon. Treasurer – BCCI, Shri Jaydev Shah, President – Saurashtra Cricket Association and representatives of main sponsors of the Series graced the Presentation Ceremony.
Both teams and their respective team supports arrived at Rajkot on 4th November 2019. Both teams practiced on 5th and 6th November.
Members of both teams have had all praises for all facilities at the Stadium.
However, situation was different a day before the Match. Team India completed their practice session at around 5:00 p.m. on 6th November 2019. And then Stormy winds of cyclonic storm ‘Maha’ had hit us at around 6:15 – 6:30. Strong winds and heavy rain started within some minutes and it rained heavily for almost an hour. In the beginning it was nerve cracking but with blessings of mother nature and great efforts by Saurashtra Cricket Association’s Ground Staff team and very efficient drainage system at the stadium it was possible to drain all the water out of the stadium before match. In fact ground was 80-90% dry by 2:00 AM. The pitch and area of almost 100 feet around the pitch was well covered beforehand. The team of Saurashtra Cricket Association was well prepared and well equipped. Ground staff was at the stadium till late night and some of them stayed overnight. This shows dedication, work efficiency and productivity of Administrative and Ground Teams of Saurashtra Cricket Association. All the machines and other equipment were being provided and used by trained team of curators and ground staff. We are truly blessed and grateful for having such team and we are proud of them.
Similarly, Liaison team of Saurashtra Cricket Association very efficiently and dedicatedly worked with their respective roles & responsibilities. Precise execution of their respective work, as always, made the match well administered. The teams of BCCI were well supportive to make the match one of the very successful ones.
Newly elected Office Bearers and Apex Council of Saurashtra Cricket Association under abled leadership guidance of President Jaydev Shah, Indian Cricket Administrative legend Niranjan Shah and core administrative team put all efforts to make the host the match with all success.
The match was played with true spirit of sportsmanship and all Cricket Lovers of the region, country and across the World immensely enjoyed the match.
Saurashtra Cricket Association sincerely appreciate Government of India, Government of Gujarat, The Collector of Rajkot, the Superintend of Police, the Commissioner of Police and all Police officials, Municipal Commissioner and all dignitaries of Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Authorities of Airport. And of course, all spectators who were very enthusiastic, sporting and disciplined.
Saurashtra Cricket Association sincerely thank all Media from India as well as from Bangladesh for their valued support and excellent coverage during, before and after the match. Especially their coverage of showing confidence that match would surely be played after stormy rains were very encouraging.
(Cricket Enthusiast and Social Media Coordinator of Saurashtra Cricket Association)