True to his word, skipper Virat Kohli made many changes for India‘s third and final T20 against West Indies at Guyana with the series already in the bag at 2-0.
Cousin brothers Deepak and Rahul Chahar were among the three changes made by India on Tuesday with the former stealing the show with the ball.
Having made only one previous T20I appearance for India, Deepak Chahar was nearly unplayable with the new-ball at Providence on Tuesday with the seamer bagging three wickets with the new ball.
Chahar’s exceptional bowling figures of 3-4 helped India restrict Windies to 146-6 in their 20 overs after Kohli chose to bowl first under overcast conditions. Here, we take a closer look at his remarkable bowling display in the final T20I.
Runs conceded: 4
Chahar was handed the new ball by skipper Virat Kohli and he wasted no time in making an impact by dismissing the dangerous Sunil Narine in his very first over. The right-arm seamer was even more lethal with his second over which ended as a double-wicket maiden with the dismissals of Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer.
The 26-year-old bowled three of his overs inside the powerplay but was surprisingly not given a chance to complete his quota of overs.
Chahar’s ability to generate movement with the new-ball has been exploited to the hilt in the IPL by Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni and he was in menacing form at Guyana on Tuesday in overcast conditions.
While his dismissal of Narine came about due to the Windies all-rounder mistiming his shot, there was no element of luck involved in his dismissals of Lewis and Hetmyer.
Getting the ball to shape in prodigiously into the left-handers, Chahar trapped both Lewis and Hetmyer plumb in front in identical fashion. He maintained that excellent shape throughout his spell in the powerplay which saw him pick up three wickets in as many overs while conceding a mere four runs.
Chahar was faultless in his three-over spell with the new-ball where he gave absolutely nothing away to the Windies batsman. While he might not have erred, Kohli definitely missed a trick by not letting the seamer bowl through his quota of four overs when the conditions were in his favour.
VERDICT – 9/10
Making only his second T20I appearance for India, Chahar showed why he can be such a threat with the new-ball when there is some swing in the air. The Rajasthan man has developed into a fine T20 bowler over the years with CSK and he can become a real handy option for India in the run-up to the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.
He had an expensive T20I debut against England last year where he leaked 43 runs in his four overs but his promising showing on Tuesday will come as a massive boost. He can provide some depth to what is an already formidable Indian pace bowling unit.
Jofra Archer staked his Ashes claim with six for 27 in Sussex’s second XI fixture against Gloucestershire.
The 24-year-old, who has been struggling with injury, was left out of his country’s crushing first Test defeat to Australia at Edgbaston but is set for a recall with James Anderson ruled out of the second Test at Lord’s.
Archer was England’s leading wicket-taker with 20 during their recent World Cup success but required painkillers to deal with a side strain in that tournament, describing the pain as “pretty excruciating”.
He took one for 28 for his county in their Vitality Blast victory over Kent and began in impressive fashion on his red-ball return, showing good pace from the outset and taking two wickets in his opening five overs.
He had Tom Price caught behind for one by wicketkeeper Joe Billings with the second ball of the fifth over and Gareth Roderick edging to Jack Carson at slip as he bowled back-to-back maidens in the ninth and 11th.
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He conceded 11 runs from his next 12 balls, leaving him with figures of two for 19 at the end of the 15th over, but removed the off stump of Matt Brewer with the fourth ball of the 22nd over having been hit for four by the same batsman three balls earlier.
Gloucestershire were all out for 79 at lunch after Archer took a further three wickets to finish with six for 27, with four maiden overs.
Dominic Goodman was caught by Tom Haines off the fourth delivery of the 29th over before Archer followed that up two balls later by hitting Jack Worgan’s middle stump.
Gloucestershire top scorer Gregory Willows was Archer’s final victim, caught by Carson for 38 at the start of the 33rd over.
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Steve Smith’s heroics in the first 2019 Ashes Test at Birmingham have seen the Australia batsman close down the gap on India star Virat Kohli in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.
Smith registered tons under pressure in each innings of the Edgbaston Test to mark a triumphant return to red-ball cricket with his displays helping Australia crush England by 251 runs in the end.
The right-hander’s scores of 144 and 142 in what was his first Test match in over a year has seen him climb back into the top-three of the rankings. The 46 rating points gained by Smith from his Edgbaston display has seen him leapfrog India’s Cheteshwar Pujara to the No3 spot and he is now only 19 points behind top-ranked Kohli.
Smith was the No1 Test batsman in the world before he was handed a one-year suspension from international cricket following the infamous ball-tampering episode in Newlands last year.
Despite his prolonged absence from the international game, the Aussie has continued to maintain a lofty position in the Test rankings and he can further reduce the gap on Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in the coming weeks.
India’s next Test match is slated to begin on August 22 when they lock horns with West Indies in a two-match series. Smith will be in action for Australia in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord’s which gets underway on August 14 and could potentially even reclaim the No1 ranking.
Meanwhile, Australia pacer Pat Cummins has consolidated his position at the top of the bowlers’ rankings following his seven-wicket haul across the two innings at Edgbaston. There were also big gains for Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon whose nine wickets in the win have helped him rise to 13th spot in the rankings.
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