Chahar takes another hat-trick in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Thiruvananthapuram: Barely two days after taking a hat-trick for Team India, pacer Deepak Chahar grabbed another treble, this time for Rajasthan against Vidarbha in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday.

Right-arm pacer Chahar took apart the Bangladesh batting to hand India a series-clinching 30-run win in the third and final T20I at the VCA Stadium on Sunday.

During his magical spell, the 27-year-old Rajasthan seamer went on to become the first Indian male bowler to grab a hat-trick in T20Is.

His figures of 6/7 were the best so far in T20 internationals as he surpassed the previous record held by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis who had scalped 6/8 against Zimbabwe in 2012.

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On Tuesday, Deepak was at his best again as he returned figures of 4/18 including the hat-trick to bowl the opposition out for 99/9 in a rain-curtailed 13 over match.

Rajasthan lost the tie by 1 run via the VJD method.

Chahar’s hat-trick included the wickets of Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh and Akshay Wadkar, all of which came in the final three balls of the 13th over.

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