Hyderabad: Pacer Deepak Chahar took a hat-trick against Bangladesh in the third T20I as he picked six wickets for seven runs in 3.2 overs on Sunday, helping India win the match by 30 runs and the series 2-1.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh put India to bat, with the due factor coming into play later on in the game.
Skipper Rohit Sharma fell for 2 as Shafiul Islam disturbed his furniture early in the innings. Soon, Shikhar Dhawan gave his wicket to Shafiul.
Middle-order batsmen KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer took control of the Indian innings by scoring their respective fifties. Shreyas got his maiden T20I fifty and hit three fours and five sixes before he got out at 62 (33). Manish Pandey’s cameo of 22 pushed India to 174/5 on the scoreboard at the end of 20 over.
With due settling in, Indian bowlers had to be careful to not leak runs. Deepak Chahar didn’t disappoint the fans as he picked 2 consecutive wickets in the third over of the innings and put Bangladesh on the backfoot.
What looked like an easy win, quickly turned into a poised battle as Mohammad Naim played a crucial inning of 81 and took his team to a position of command.
However, all-rounder Shivam Dube picked two wickets in the same over bringing India back into the game.
The bowlers then held their line and length. Deepak Chahar picked a hat-trick in the last over of the innings and ended up with record figures of 6-7 in 3.2 overs. He broke Ajanta Mendis’s previous record of 6-8. Chahar, who was adjudged the man of the match and the man of the series, also became the first Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick in T20s.
“It’s obviously a very big moment for me. Working hard is in our hands and the rest is all upon God. Whenever the team needed, I took it as my responsibility. I always think about the next ball that I will bowl. In this format, the batsman will always look to hit you for a six. So doing something different every single ball is important,” said Deepak during the post-match presentation.
With the T20 series wrapped up, India and Bangladesh will now face each other over two Tests beginning November 14 in Indore. The second Test will be played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens from November 22 which will also mark India’s first day-night Test match.
Ohh man kudos to him #DeepakChahar! He looked phenomenal tonight with the bowl. Conceded just 7 runs and picked up 6 wickets and also secured a hat-trick and now it is the best bowling figures in the history of T-20 internationals.Absolutely proud of you man #BleedBlue #IndVsBan pic.twitter.com/8VeAYt6M5o
— Indian Institute Of Cricket (@IndianInstitu10) November 11, 2019