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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With visitors South Africa winning the first T20I comprehensively at New Delhi, hosts India will be eager to level the five-match series 1-1 in the second match to be held at the iconic Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on June 12.

For this crucial match, cricket experts as well as fans must be eager to know about the boundary dimensions, pitch report, capacity of the stadium, records and more importantly the weather condition. 

Boundary dimensions

Last time when Barabati hosted a T20I game against India and South Africa, the boundary range was increased considering the six hitting prowess of South Africa batters. However, the move went against the Indians with the hosts crumbling like a pack of cards in the low scoring game. Cricket crazy fans in this part of the world will like to watch a high scoring T20 game and hence the boundary dimensions are likely to be reduced this time which is generally ranged between 65 M and 70 M.

Pitch report

The curators have tried their best to prepare a track which is suitable for batting. However, we may not see a New Delhi like run feast at Barabati considering the fact that the pitch is slightly on a slower side. The spinners will have a larger role to play. The high humidity factor will keep the bowlers a bit worried. The team which wins the toss is most likely opt to field.

Weather report

Cuttack is a coastal town and hence the humidity will be on the higher side. Players of both the teams will find it hard to adjust to the condition. Monsoon is setting on this part of the country. The temperature at Cuttack on Sunday is predicted to be at 28 degrees with 69 per cent cloud cover and two per cent chance of thunder showers. However, a major overhaul has been undertaken on the outfield of Barabati and a hover cover has been brought from London to cover the ground in case of rain. A little shower will not make much difference in hosting the game.

India’s T20 record at Barabati

India have played two T20 international matches at the Barabati Stadium. The hosts have a 1-1 record at this ground. They lost to South Africa by six wickets in 2015 but defeated Sri Lanka by 93 runs in 2017. 

T20I records at Barabati 

Highest total: 180/3 by India vs Sri Lanka (2017)

Lowest total: 87 by SL vs India. (2015)

Most runs: KL Rahul: 61 runs (1 match) (2017)

Most sixes: Manish Pandey, Upul Tharanga (2 each) (2017) 

Most boundaries: KL Rahul (7) (2017)

Most wickets: Yuzvendra Chahal (4) (2017)

Best bowling: Yuzvendra Chahal (4/23) (2017)

Highest partnership: MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey (68) (2017)
 

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