Shreyas Iyer was taken aback when Rohit decided to start the bowling spell with Khaleel Ahmed who had conceded 80 runs in his previous eight overs over the last two games. He followed that over by bringing Washington Sundar into the equation who gave away only three runs and set up the perfect time to introduce Deepak Chahar into the game.
Deepak Chahar got rid of Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das in consecutive deliveries which would be the beginning of the storm that Chahar would rage. It ended with him getting 6 for 7 – the best T20I spell. Chahar ended the night as the only Indian bowler with a hattrick in T20I cricket.
“Rohit was planning to give me the crucial overs and the management wanted to do the same,” Chahar said after the game. “I never thought of this, not even in my dreams. I have been trying to work hard since my childhood and my efforts have paid off.”
After his first two overs, Chahar’s figures read an astonishing 2-0-3-3 as he picked up the wicket of Mohammad Mithun to break a 98-run third-wicket stand and give India an opening.
Shreyas Iyer, however, pointed at ShivamDube’s two wickets as one of the turning points as well. “There were two [turning points] – when Chahar came in and got us two wickets in his first over. And then Dube getting those two back to back wickets,” he said. “We were feeling the pressure and we know they are a very good team. In the previous two games, we saw the quality of cricket they played was mesmerizing. We were a bit lethargic but Rohit gave us a pep talk. We were determined to win the game from thereon. I wasn’t surprised. They’ve always got close and they are a very good team.”
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