Deepak Chahar almost takes hat-trick in Mushtaq Ali Trophy butRajasthan loses to Vidarbha (Eds: Changes headline, minor edits) Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 12 (PTI) Medium-pacer DeepakChahar followed up his hat-trick in the final India-BangladeshT20 international with almost a repeat, taking three wicketsin the space of four balls for Rajasthan against Vidarbha in aGroup 'B' match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournamenthere on Tuesday.
However, his heroics (four wickets in an over) went invain as Rajasthan went down by 1 run (via the VJD method)finishing with 105 for 8 in a game to reduced to 13 overs dueto rain.
The fast-improving Deepak Chahar, who on Sunday lastbecame the first India player to take a T20 international hat-trick and also the best ever bowling figures (6 for 7), pickedup the wickets of Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh and AkshayWadkar off the fourth, fifth and sixth balls of the final overof Vidarbha's innings, but missed the three-peat as he bowleda wide in between.
His performanced helped Rajasthan restrict the opponentto 99 for 9 in 13 overs.
After scalping the wicket of Rupesh Rajkumar of thefirst ball of the over, he dismissed Nalkande off the fourth.
However, he delivered a wide the next ball and thendismissed Wagh and Wadkar off the next two to finish withfigures of 4 for 18 in 3 overs.
Chahar began the over by picking up the wicket ofRupesh Rajkumar Rathod to finish with superb figures of 4 for18 in 3 overs.
Earlier, Vidarbha chose to bat after winning the tossand had a quick start thanks to skipper Faiz Fazal (17) andAkshay Kolhar (19).
After some middling performances by the batsmen, theVidarbha innings imploded and Deepak Chahar triggered thecollapse.
His first victim was Rathod, who was caught by hiscousin Rahul Chahar.
He then had Nalkande caught by Rajnesh Bishnoi, beforehaving Wagh caught by Chandrapal Singh Chundawat.
He then bowled Wadkar to complete a hat-trick.
Chasing 106 for victory, Rajasthan faltered after abright start provided by Manender Singh, who smashed 6 sixesin 17 balls before falling for 44.
Opener Ankit Lamba (15, 11 balls, 1 four, 1 six) andArjit Gupta (12, 9 balls, 1 four, 1 six) were the only otherbatsmen to reach double figures as the team could make only105 in 13 overs.
Vidarbha tops the points table with 16 points from 4matches in an all-win record.
In another match, Kerala posted a 75-run win overManipur thanks to Sachin Baby's knock of 48 and S Midhun'shaul of 4 for 5 in 4 overs of leg-spin.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 99 for 9 in 13 overs (AkshayKolhar 24, Deepak Chahar 4/18 lost to Rajasthan 105 for 8 in13 overs (Manender Singh 44, Akshay Wakhare 3/15).
Vidarbha: 4 points, Rajasthan: 0.
Kerala 149 for 9 in 20 overs (Sachin Baby 48, RobinUthappa 29, Vishnu Vinod 25, Thomas Moirangthem 3/35, BSKonthoujam 3/28, LA Singh 2/16) beat Manipur 74 for 7 in 20overs (Johnson Singh 27, S Midhun 4/5).
Kerala: 4 points, Manipur: 0.
Tripura 49 for 6 in 6 overs (MB Murasingh 20, AnkitRajpoot 5/17) lost to Uttar Pradesh 50 for 3 in 5.2 overs(Akshdeep Nath 28). UP: 4 points, Tripura: 0. PTI SS ROHVS VS