Nagpur: India paceman Deepak Chahar took a hat-trick and registered best-ever bowling figures in Twenty20 Internationals during the third T20I against Bangladesh in Nagpur on Sunday night (November 10).

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Thanks to 27-year-old Chahar’s outstanding spell of bowling (3.2-0-7-6), key wickets from Shivam Dube and half centuries from Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul helped India win by 30 runs and clinch the three-match series 2-1.

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On the last ball of the 18th over, Chahar dismissed Shafiul Islam (4) caught by Rahul. Later, coming to bowl the final over of the match (20th), he sent back Mustafizur Rahman (1) caught by Iyer and then had Aminul Islam for nine to signal the end of the match.

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Chahar’s figures of 6/7 are the best in T20I cricket. He eclipsed Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis’ best haul of 6/8. Chahar is also the first Indian to claim a T20I hat-trick.

Earlier, India posted 174/5 in 20 overs in the series-deciding contest. Bangladesh were bowled out for 144. Now, the teams play two Tests starting from November 14 in Indore. The second Test will be a day/night affair at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens from November 22.

Brief scores

India 174/5 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 62, KL Rahul 52, Soumya Sarkar 2/29) beat Bangladesh 154 all out in 19.2 overs (Mohammad Naim 81, Mohammad Mithun 27, Deepak Chahar 6/7, Shivam Dube 3/30).