Deepak Chahar becomes first Indian to bag a international T20 hattrick, records best ever T20 figures

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar with individual honors after the final T20 in Nagpur
Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar with individual honors after the final T20 in Nagpur

Indian fast bowler Deepak Chahar became the first ever Indian player to register a hattrick in a T20 internationals, here in the final T20 match vs. Bangladesh in Nagpur. To put icing in the cake he also recorded the best ever T20 bowling figures of 6-7, bettering Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis’ record of 6-8 which he recorded in T20 World Cup in 2009.

Chahar’s outlandish bowling display helped India claw their way back into the match which was beginning to slip away from India’s grasps. Deepak Chahar was ablly supported by another young gun Shivam Dube. Shivam Dube played a key part in turning Indian fortunes around by scalping 3 quick wickets in his last 2 overs. Among these 3 wickets, there was an important wicket of Bangladesh’s first match hero Mushfiqur Rahim.

What made these bowler’s exceptional effort even more commendable was the control they had on lines with the wet ball. There was a huge amount of dew in the ground which made the ball very wet and harder to control specially for Indian spinners Yuzi Chahal and Washington Sundar.

Youngster Naim scored an impressive 81(48) taking Indian spinners to the cleaners. He formed an impressive partnership with Mithun for the third wicket and threatened India with his clean striking. But heap of wickets in the back end of the chase derailed Bangladesh’s chances of securing a series win against their neighbours.

Earlier, India was invited to bat first by Bangladeshi captain. India lost their captain Rohit for just 2. Dhawan too deoarted for just 19 but youngesters KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer took the responsiblity of carrying Indian team forward. Both formed an mesmerising partnership with Rahul scoring 52 and Iyer blasting an impressive 62. Manish Pandey provided the final flourish to take India to an above par total of 174 which on the back of Deepak Chahar and Dube’s exploits with the ball, India successfully defended.



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