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Sensational Chahar hands India series win over Bangladesh

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Nagpur, Nov 10 : A brilliant bowling performance by Deepak Chahar (6/7) helped India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs in the third T20I to win the three-match series 2-1 at the VCA Stadium here on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Rajasthan seamer bagged 6 wickets for just 7 runs, including a hat-trick, from 3.2 overs to return with the best ever figures in the history of T20 internationals, surpassing the previous record held by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis who scalped 6/8 against Zimbabwe in 2012.

Chasing a target of 175, Bangladesh were dealt an early blow with Chahar dismissing opener Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar off consecutive deliveries in the third over.

However, a 98-run third wicket stand between Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun put Bangladesh in cruise mode. Twenty-year-old Naim, who made his international debut in the first match of the series, smashed 81 off 48 balls, his innings laced with 10 fours and two sixes.

It was Chahar who provided the much-needed breakthrough as Mithun (27) holed out to K.L. Rahul at long off in the 13th over against the run of play.

Shivam Dube then dismissed Bangladesh stumper and hero of the first match, Mushfiqur Rahim, for a duck as the momentum veered back India’s way.

Dube then got the big wicket of Naim with an inch-perfect yorker. Naim tried to play it to point but the ball tailed away late to take his off stump. Dube then dismissed Afif Hossain with a catch off his own bowling while Yuzvendra Chahal castled Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah to leave the visitors reeling at 130/7 in the 17th over.

It was all Chahar show after that. He first got the wicket of Shafiul Islam off the last delivery of the 18th over and then returned to dismiss Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam off the first two balls of the 20th over to complete his hat-trick, the first by a male Indian cricketer in T20 internationals.

Earlier, half-centuries by Shreyas Iyer (62) and K.L. Rahul (52) helped India post a challenging total of 174/5 in the allotted 20 overs.

Put into bat, India were dealt an early blow when captain Rohit Sharma fell to Shafiul Islam in the second over. Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul got India into the 30s in the next two overs before Dhawan became Shafiul’s second victim in the sixth over as he mishit a big shot and holed out to Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah at midwicket.

Rahul and Iyer then saw out the next two overs before starting to accelerate in the 10th over. The pair put up 59 runs for the third wicket with Rahul hitting a much-needed half-century. Al-Amin Hossain finally dismissed Rahul off the first ball of the 13th over.

Shreyas and Rishabh Pant saw out the next two overs with the former hitting a six off Soumya Sarkar in the 14th over. He then went on a rampage in the next over, smashing Afif Hossain for three consecutive sixes. He brought up his maiden T20I fifty in the same over.

Sarkar came back in the 17th over and took out both Shreyas and Pant as the momentum shifted back to the visitors. Manish Pandey then took India to 174/5 by hitting an unbeaten 22 off 13 balls.

Manish Pandey played his shots late in the innings to take India to 174/5.

Brief scores: India 174/5 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 62, K.L. Rahul 52; Soumya Sarkar 2/29) beat Bangladesh 144 all out in 19.2 overs (Mohammad Naim 81, Mohammad Mithun 27; Deepak Chahar 6/7) by 30 runs.

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‘Special’ knock a gift for Anushka on 2nd anniversary: Kohli

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday dedicated his blitzkrieg unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls to wife Anushka Sharma on their second marriage anniversary, saying that it felt special to script an innings like that on this day as India thrashed West Indies by 67 runs in the series-deciding third T20 International to win the rubber 2-1, here on Wednesday.

“It was a pretty special innings and also being our second wedding anniversary, it was a special gift,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after being adjudged Man of the Series.

“It was a special night and one of the best innings I have played. That we won batting first feels really good,” he said.

At a venue where the chasing team generally wins, India put into bat by Windies skipper Kieron Pollard, but Kohli’s unbeaten 70, along with K.L. Rahul (91) and Rohit Sharma’s (71) 135-run opening wicket stand, helped India to a mammoth 240/3 in the allotted 20 overs.

In reply, the West Indies could manage 173/8 at the end of 20 overs despite Pollard’s 39-ball 68.

“I know I can contribute in all three formats. It is about putting your mind into it. Now with the T20 World Cup coming up, there is motivation. My part becomes crucial as I have to play two roles. When you are not playing T20s for a while and come back and play like this, it feels good. It is all about executing the plans on the field,” Kohli said.

The skipper said the team has been too hesitant batting first and on Wednesday they showed their intent from ball one as they went after the bowlers.

“The way Rahul and Rohit played today was the key. Batting first, we have been too tight and hesitant, but this pitch allowed us to play freely. It was a good lesson for us and now we need to remember it.

“It depends on what kind of pitch and ground you are playing on (whether scoring more boundaries is a must). You don’t really feel the pressure when you have 20-25 runs on the board. Playing the T20 World Cup in Australia, we will have to figure out how big the boundaries are,” the skipper said.

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Happy we did well batting first in a T20 game: KL Rahul

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Mumbai, Dec 12 : A scintillating display batting first will help the Indian team gain a lot of confidence leading up to the World T20 next year, feels in-form India opener K.L. Rahul.

Rahul top-scored with a devastating 56-ball 91 and shared a 135-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma (71) as India cruised to a 67-run victory against the West Indies in the series deciding third T20I, riding on their imposing total of 240/3. Skipper Virat Kohli too joined the party with an unbeaten 70 that came off just 29 balls.

In reply, the West Indies could manage 173/8 in the end of 20 overs despite skipper Pollard’s 39-ball 68.

“It’s obvious that our record batting first hasn’t been that great. Today was a great opportunity and I’m very happy that it came off. This will give us a lot of confidence as now we know what to do batting first,” said Rahul at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The World T20 is scheduled in October next year in Australia and Rahul said each game from here on will be important.

“Each game will be important and a learning lesson for us before the World Cup. Like any other format, once you are set, you want to carry on and know what shots to play. T20 has been kind and I try to do my best and give results for the team,” Rahul said.

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We are a work in progress: West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard

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Mumbai, Dec 12 : West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard conceded that the team is a work in progress and the three-match T20 series against India was a learning curve for them leading up to the World T20 in Australia next year.

“We will look to take the positives from this game. At the end of the day, we knew where we faltered and it’s work in progress for us now,” Pollard said at the post-match presentation ceremony after the West Indies lost the series deciding third T20I here by 67 runs.

Rahul top-scored for India with a devastating 56-ball 91 and shared a 135-run stand with fellow opener Rohit Sharma (71) as India cruised to victory riding their first innings score of 240/3. Skipper Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 29-ball 70.

In reply, the West Indies could manage 173/8 in the end of 20 overs despite Pollard’s 39-ball 68. Windies had won the second T20I after losing the first one.

“It (the target) was gettable, we have chased a big total here in 2016. When you look at the way Rahul and Rohit went about at the start, they took their time and then exploded,” Pollard said when asked if the huge score was gettable.

“Yes, we are disappointed but we look to move on from here. There are a lot of emerging players coming through the ranks. Success is something you need to strive for day in and day out. All is not lost, we still have three ODIs to play. We will look to stay positive,” he concluded.

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