India wrap up 2-1 T20I series win against Bangladesh

India won the T20I series against Bangladesh 2-1. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI
India won the T20I series against Bangladesh 2-1. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs in the 3rd T20I at Nagpur to wrap up the 3-match series 2-1. The night was a memorable one for youngster Deepak Chahar who took a world record six-wicket haul which included a hat-trick. 

Winning the toss, Bangladesh put India in to bat first - a decision that seemed the correct one when stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma fell in the second over, leaving India at 3/1. 

Shikhar Dhawan played a quick knock of 19 off 16 balls before he was sent back by Shafiul Islam - India at 35/2 in the sixth over. 

With the two star batsmen gone, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer took charge of the Indian innings. A quick 59-run stand meant that India were in control and made sure that the run rate stayed healthy. 

KL Rahul fell for a well-made 52 off 35 balls, while Iyer, who was dropped first ball, eventually went for 62 off 33 balls. 

Their innings, along with a useful cameo by Manish Pandey of 22* off 13 balls, took India to a solid score of 174/5 in their 20 overs. 

Bangladesh lost opener Liton Das early - out for 9 of 8 balls and Deepak Chahar’s first victim of the evening. 

Chahar got Soumya Sarkar off the very next ball, leaving the visitors reeling at 12/2. 

Mohammad Naim was the star for Bangladesh on the night - he smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for three fours in a row, got two fours off Shivam Dube the following over and then went after the bowling of Washington Sundar. He raced away to 81 off 48 balls before Dube brought an end to the carnage. 

However, while Naim was single handedly taking apart the Indian bowling, he received no support from the other end. And with the host bowlers chipping away at the rest of the batting line-up, things began to collapse for Bangladesh. 

Chahar was back in action to claim his third wicket of the night when he dismissed Mohammad Mithun. Mushfiqur Rahim was gone the next over - dismissed for a duck by Dube, who then also got Naim and Afif Hossain. 

Chahar then came back to complete the formalities, which he wrapped up in style with a hat-trick dismissing Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam across his last two overs. From 106/2, Bangladesh had collapsed to 144 all out. 

Chahar's 6 for 7 are the best T20I figures in the world, beating Ajantha Mendis's 6 for 8 against Zimbabwe in 2012. 

India wrapped up a 30-run win and a 2-1 series win with Chahar named Man of the Match. 


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