Pakistan not renewing head coach Mickey Arthur's contract

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Mickey Arthur is to leave his position as Pakistan head coach after it was announced his contract would not be renewed.

The 51-year has been in charge of Pakistan since 2016, having previously coached South Africa and Australia, leading the side to the 2017 Champions Trophy title as well as the number one ranked Test and Twenty20 international side.

Arthur is among the names that have been mentioned as a possible successor to departing England coach Trevor Bayliss.

His exit comes after the side failed to reach the semi-finals of the recent Cricket World Cup, with the Pakistan Cricket Board believing a “fresh approach” is needed.

Batting coach Grant Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and trainer Grant Luden are also leaving their roles.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement: “The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations.

“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavours.

“The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats.”

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Pant, Chahar and Kohli help India inflict 3-0 series whitewash on West Indies

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A match-winning stand from Pant and Kohli. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant cracked excellent half centuries as India thrashed West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 at Guyana to complete a 3-0 series clean sweep.

Some terrific new-ball bowling from Deepak Chahar (3-4) earlier helped India restrict the hosts to 146-6 and they chased down the target with five balls to spare with Pant striking a unbeaten 65-run knock off just 42 deliveries.

Windies started woefully with the bat after Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first with Deepak Chahar wiping out the top-order in the powerplay.

The 26-year-old seamer reduced the hosts to 14-3 after getting the better of Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer in a sensational opening spell.

A first T20I half-century from Kieron Pollard in more than seven years resurrected the West Indies innings with the all-rounder collecting 58 runs off just 45 deliveries before being castled by Navdeep Saini.

An explosive lower-order cameo from Rovman Powell (32) helped the hosts ultimately post 146-6 in their 20 overs.

In reply, India lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul early in the chase with the latter stumped off the bowling of Fabian Allen.

That was as good as it got for Windies with Kohli and Pant then stitching together a match-winning 106-run stand for the third wicket to set up another dominant win for the visitors.

Kohli brought up a 21st T20I fifty while Pant registered his half-century in just 37 balls as India made short work of West Indies’ total. Kohli ultimately perished for a 45-ball 59 but Pant remained unbeaten to help India complete the job.

KEY TAKEAWAY

Pant’s finishing skills

Rishabh Pant’s mode of dismissals in the first two T20s had left plenty to be desired. On Tuesday, the left-hander made amends for those dismissals with a mature display where he provided the perfect foil to his skipper.

With India in a precarious spot at 27-2 in the run chase, the pressure was very much on Pant to deliver at No4 after his previous failures. With Kohli for company at the other end, the southpaw was much more assured at the crease and he did not take any undue risk in the early half of his innings.

It was only when the duo had laid a solid foundation that Pant decided to up the ante and he found boundaries with ease.

KEY MAN

Deepak Chahar

The seamer was the chief architect with the ball in India’s win with his three early wickets setting West Indies back. His ability to generate some prodigious inswing to left-handers was marvelous to watch with both Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis perishing to it.

His excellent figures of 3-4 from three overs ensured that Windies were never got going in the powerplay and their brief recovery later in the innings was too little, too late.

KEY STAT

Pollard’s seven-year wait

The 58-run knock by Pollard on Tuesday was only the third T20I fifty registered by the Windies all-rounder in 61 appearances. It ended a long seven-year wait for Pollard who’s previous fifty in the format came all the way back in 2012 against New Zealand.

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Deepak Chahar delivers sensational new-ball spell for India in final T20 against Windies

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Chahar was nearly unplayable with the new ball.

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.

STATS

Overs: 3

Wickets: 3

Runs conceded: 4

Maidens: 1

Economy-rate: 1.33

30-SECOND REPORT

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 made the most of swinging conditions early in the match.

Chahar made the most of swinging conditions early in the match.

GOT RIGHT

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.

GOT WRONG

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.

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