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Record breaking Deepak Chahar seal series for India

Chahar ended the match with the figures of 6-7 and thus surpassed Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis.

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Record breaking Deepak Chahar seal series for India
Deepak Chahar registers best T20I bowling figure. Photo: Indian Express

Medium pacer Deepak Chahar’s record-breaking figures of six for seven wicket haul helped India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs to seal the three match series 2-1 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.

With two wickets on successive deliveries in his very first over and a hat-trick that crossed a span of two overs that eventually pulled the best-ever T20I international figure, Deepak Chahar stole all the highlights in the third and last match of the bilateral series against Bangladesh.

Chahar ended the match with the figures of 6-7 and thus surpassed Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis to create the record. Mendis had recorded figures of 6-8 against Zimbabwe in 2012.

The six-fer included a hat-trick as he dismissed Shafiul Islam on the last ball of the 18th over and then removed Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam in the opening two balls of the 20th over.

Chasing 175 for win, Bangladesh was bundled out for 144. Mohammad Naim delivered an exquisite knock of 81 for Bangladesh facing 48 deliveries hitting 10 shots to the boundary and two boundaries.

Mohammad Mithun contributed 27 runs. Apart from Mithun and Naim, no other Bangladesh batsman could reach into the double figure mark.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer (62 off 33) and Lokesh Rahul (52 off 35) smashed premier half-centuries to propel India to 174 for five after Bangladesh opted to field in their allotted twenty overs.

“It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know I have to say that being a batsman, but I know how tough it was given the dew. But this must be one of the best comebacks in this format for India,” Rohit said after the match.

India and Bangladesh will now face each other in the two-match Test series and the first game will be played from November 14-18.

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