Deepak Chahar almost followed up his hat-trick in the final India-Bangladesh T20 international with another three-peat, this time for Rajasthan against Vidarbha in a Group ‘B’ match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday.
Although the medium pacer took three wickets in three consecutive balls, he bowled a wide after taking a wicket of the fourth ball.
However, his heroics (four wickets in an over) went in vain as Rajasthan went down by 1 run (via the VJD method) finishing with 105 for 8 in a game reduced to 13 overs due to rain.
The fast-improving Chahar, who on Sunday became the first Indian man to take a T20 international hat- trick and also the best ever bowling figures (6 for 7), picked up the wickets of Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh and Akshay Wadkar off the fourth, fifth and sixth balls of the final over of Vidarbha’s innings to help Rajasthan restrict the opponent to 99 for 9 in 13 overs. However, he couldn't register a hat-trick as he bowled a wide after the fourth delivery.
He had begun the over by picking up the wicket of Rupesh Rajkumar Rathod to finish with superb figures of 4 for 18 in 3 overs.
Earlier, Vidarbha chose to bat after winning the toss and had a quick start thanks to skipper Faiz Fazal (17) and Akshay Kolhar (19).
After some middling performances by the batsmen, the Vidarbha innings imploded and Chahar triggered the collapse.
His first victim was Rathod, who was caught by his cousin Rahul Chahar.
He then had Nalkande caught by Rajnesh Bishnoi, before having Wagh caught by Chandrapal Singh Chundawat. He then castled Wadkar to complete a hat-trick.
Chasing 106 for victory, Rajasthan faltered after a bright start provided by Manender Singh, who smashed 6 sixes in 17 balls before falling for 44.
Opener Ankit Lamba (15, 11b, 1*4, 1*6) and Arjit Gupta (12, 9b, 1*4, 1*6) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as the team could make only 105 in 13 overs.
Vidarbha tops the points table with 16 points from 4 matches in an all-win record.
Vidarbha 99 for 9 in 13 overs (Akshay Kolhar 24, Deepak Chahar 4/18 (including hat-trick) beat Rajasthan 105 for 8 in 13 overs (Manender Singh 44, Akshay Wakhare 3/15)
Vidarbha: 4 points, Rajasthan: 0
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