After Deepak Chahar’s 3/4, West Indies recover to post 146/6

While it was a day Rahul Chahar would cherish for a long time as he earned his maiden international cap, but it was the senior Chahar, Deepak, who stole the limelight with a terrific spell of three overs that saw him concede just four runs, with a maiden to go with it. And, he had the hosts West Indies reeling at 14/3 early in the third and the final T20I of the series at Providence Stadium, Guyana on Tuesday.

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Chahar’s three-wicket burst was followed by a brief rebuilding phase for WI led by Kieron Pollard, but Navdeep Saini took the wind of the Windies’ sails with the wickets of Nicholas Pooran (17) and Pollard (58), as the hosts went on to post 146/6 courtesy Rowan Powell’s 32 not out off 20 balls, after Indian skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss and opted to bowl.

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In the Caribbean – after two matches at Miami – both teams were greeted with sumptuous rain that led to a delay in toss of over an hour, but with Kohli calling it right at the toss for the third straight time, it provided him with the opportunity to give his bowlers the first crack on the covered pitch and Deepak utilised the conditions to the hilt with prodigious swing that had Sunil Narine back in the hut in the second over – caught at mid-off by Saini – for two. An over later, Evin Lewis fell for 10, after registering two ducks in the first two matches, trapped in front by Deepak. On the way out, he wasted a review as well.

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Deepak’s third success, in his third over, came in the form of Shimron Hetmyer, again lbw, for 1 before Pollard and Pooran put on 64 runs for the fourth wicket as Washington Sundar and debutant Rahul were targeted by the batsmen. Pollard started off well with a straight drive for six off Saini before adding five further hits over the boundary en route to his third T2oI fifty – his first international fifty in seven years – before being foxed a Saini slower one.

Pooran was earlier caught behind by Rishabh Pant. West Indies then lost skipper Carlos Barthwaite, caught in the deep, to hand Rahul his first international wicket. Powell though powered WI close to the 150-mark with two sixes in Saini’s last over. Sundar (3-0-23-0), Rahul (3-0-27-1) and Krunal Pandya (4-0-35-0) proved to be expensive.

Brief Score: West Indies: 146/6 (Kieron Pollard 58, Rowman Powell 32*; Deepak Chahar 3/4) vs India