After being sent in to bat, the India notched up 174 on the board and it needed a stellar effort from the seamers upfront to have any hopes of sealing the series. In tough conditions, Chahar starred as he returned with figures of 6 for 7, which was also the best ever T20I figures. He surpassed Ajantha Mendis, who previously held the record with figures of 6 for 8.
Needing 175 for a win, the Tigers were rocked by twin strikes by Chahar in the third over, when he removed Liton Das on the fourth ball and then sent back Soumya Sarkar off the very next delivery for a golden duck. While Das was caught at deep mid-wicket by Washington Sundar, Sarkar was caught at mid-off by Shivam Dube.
Chahar then returned for his second over in the 13th over of the innings and provided India with yet another breakthrough as he broke the dangerous stand between Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Naim by sending back the former.
He was entrusted with bowling the 18th and the 20th over of the innings and he didn’t disappoint as he sent back Shafiul Islam on the last ball of the 18th over and then completed his hat-trick by removing Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam on the first two balls of the 20th over as Bangladesh were shot out for 144.
In the process, Chahar became just the seventh Indian bowler to take a hat-trick, across all formats and the second Indian to do so this year. Mohammed Shami had picked up a hat-trick in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup against Afghanistan when he dismissed Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman off consecutive deliveries.
Deepak Chahar created history in the third and final T20 International against Bangladesh in Nagpur. It was also the series decider which the Rajasthan pacer dominated with his bowling and registered best figures for a bowler in Men’s T20Is. Chahar returned with the magical figures of 6/7 in 3.2 overs as India bundled out Bangladesh for 144 defending 174 to win the series by 2-1.
The hosts went in with a specialist bowler short for this game and put more onus on Deepak Chahar and he delivered for them.
Deepak Chahar goes past Ajantha Mendis
Deepak Chahar, after his heroics in the 3rd T20I against Bangladesh, went past Ajantha Mendis who held the record earlier for more than seven years. The Sri Lankan mystery spinner had registered the figures of 6/8 in his four overs against Zimbabwe on 18 September 2012. Mendis had then broken his own record of 6/16 against Australia in August 2011.
India’s Yuzvendra Chahal is also part of this list with the fourth-best figures ever in the shortest format of the game at the highest level. He had ripped apart England’s batting line-up at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru back in February 2017.
The other bowlers to have taken five-wicket hauls and make it to this list are Rangana Herath and Rashid Khan who achieved their respective feats against New Zealand and Ireland respectively.
India win yet another series in the most clinical way.