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Deepak Chahar took the best-ever figures in a Twenty20 International, which included a hat-trick, to lead India to a 30-run win over Bangladesh in Nagpur.
Chahar finished with figures of 6-7 to beat Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis’ record for the best bowling figures in the shortest format.
Choosing to bowl first, Bangladesh got an early breakthrough as India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was clean bowled by Shafiul Islam for two runs.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 19 before becoming Shafiul’s second victim.
Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer stabilised the innings with a 59-run partnership, during which Rahul brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Liton Das at mid-off off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain for 52, which came off 35 balls and included seven boundaries.
Iyer and Rishabh Pant added 45 runs to the score before Pant was clean bowled by Soumya Sarkar for six runs.
Iyer went on to score a 33-ball 62, which included three boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Liton at long-off off the bowling of Sarkar.
With Manish Pandey smashing a quickfire 22 not out, India finished on 174/5.
Sarkar and Shafiul picked up two wickets apiece, while Al-Amin chipped in with one.
Chasing 175 to win, Bangladesh lost Liton early as he was removed by Chahar for nine runs.
Chahar struck the very next ball as he sent Sarkar packing for a golden duck.
Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun steadied things with a 98-run partnership, during which Naim cruised past his fifty, before Mithun was removed by Chahar for 27.
Mushfiqur Rahim was clean bowled by Shivam Dube for a golden duck, while Naim went on to score a career-best 81, which came off 48 balls and included 10 boundaries and two sixes, before he suffered the same fate as Rahim.
Once Naim was gone, Chahar carved through Bangladesh’s lower order and ended up taking a hat-trick as he dismissed Shafiul on the last ball of the 18th over. He then took out Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam on the first two balls of the 20th over.
This resulted in Bangladesh being bowled out for 144.
Chahar was the most successful bowler with six wickets, while Dube took three and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed one.
Chahar was named Man of the Match.