After the fifties of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul Deepak Chahar got the world’s best 6 for 7 with a hat-trick. Despite Mohammad Naim’s 48 balls 81 on November 11 in Nagpur, Bangladesh failed in 30 runs.
Bangladesh wanted a solid start to hunt for a competitive total, but Deepak Chahar made sure that was not the case. He removed Liton’s for nine, as the batsman tried to clear the side fence, and Soumya Sarkar got caught in the middle of the next ball and paid the price for not controlling his air drive. The visitors had been reduced to 12/2.
20-year-old Naim mastered the pressure superbly. When rebuilding the innings with Mohammad Mithun, he did not forget to put down the bad balls. The frequency of light sacrifices from India increased rapidly as the spinners appeared in midfield and made an effort to keep the ball soaked by Tau under control.
Naim brought his fifty to their feet with a shot from Washington Sundar, holding on to his intensity all the time. His 108-year partnership with Mithun seemed to have determined the game in favor of Bangladesh, but India should fight back.
Rohit, desperate for another wicket, called again with Chahar and the change paid off as Mithun looked forward to another long-off for 27. He first dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim with a slower for a golden duck. But his glorious moment was to break Naim with a toe breaker before catching Afif from his own bowling. As soon as India was in low order, Chahar rioted and took a hat-trick to improve Ajantha Mendis’s six-by-eight by conceding one run less. Bangladesh had won at 110/2 and won 144.
While Chahar was the undisputed star of the day, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul also made a mark with the club in the first innings. The hosts had an unforgettable start to their inning when Shafiul Islam fired the two openers Rohit Sharma (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (19) in power play.
Shafiul could have had that third in his third game when Iyer attacked him with hard hands from the first ball he faced, but Aminul Islam made a mess from the direct chance of a backward point. The decline would prove to be immensely costly for Bangladesh’s hopes of a historic serial victory.
With India at 41/2 after the powerplay, KL Rahul and Iyer consolidated on a sticky wicket for a few overs. Rahul passed on the 10th and met Mustafizur Rahman for two foursomes. Iyer took the cue and slapped Aminul, the man who dropped him, over his head for six.
Al-Amin threatened to reverse the situation for Bangladesh by dismissing Rahul at a discount on the 13th, but Iyer then took command and how! He beat Afif Hossain over the long line three times in so many balls on his way to his first T20I, fifty of only 27 balls.
Soumya Sarkar dismissed both Pant and Iyer in the 17th game, but Manish Pandey made India score a good three-four in his 13-ball-22 game.