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Focus shifts from pollution to cricket as India, Bangladesh gear up for 1st T20I

New Delhi, November 2: If pre-match press conferences were anything to go by, the first T20I of the three-match series between India and Bangladesh will be focused around two things — the absence of Shakib al Hasan and the weather conditions which will be there when the two teams meet at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday.
The air quality has deteriorated to severe levels in the past one week and has cast doubts over the match. There has been smog all over the stadium, forcing many in the Bangladesh camp to wear masks while conducting their practice sessions.
However, as Russell Domingo and Vikram Rathour maintained, there’s nothing that the both the teams can do about and all they can eventually focus upon is playing the game.
For the visitors, it would be about coming over the loss of Shakib and Tamim Iqbal and pose a challenge to the Indian side, which has been quite a dominant force across formats in the past two-three years.
As stand-in skipper Mahmadullah stated on Saturday, one thing that his boys will have to make sure is to come out with a consistent batting performance and give their bowlers a chance to rattle the Indian batting line-up.
Their bowling unit boasts of having the likes of Mustafizur Rahim, who has troubled a lot of Indian batters in the past. Thus, if Bangladesh batsmen manage to score decently, they can in be a chance of breaking the shackles and giving the Rohit Sharma-led team a run for their money. (ZeeNews)