Providence: Deepak Chahar's incisive swing bowling was countered by Kieron Pollard' attacking half-century and Rovman Powell's cameo as West Indies put up a fighting 146 for 6 against India in the third T20 International, Providence on Tuesday.
Rajasthan seamer Deepak (3-1-4-3) made full use of his only opportunity in this tour taking three wickets his first two overs to leaving West Indies tottering at 14 for 3. He got the ball to swing both ways as he removed pinch-hitter Sunil Narine (2), Evin Lewis (10) and Shimron Hetmyer (1).
However Pollard counter-attacked with great gusto hitting as many as half a dozen sixes in his 45-ball-58 -- his first half-century for the West Indies in seven years.
Along with Nicholas Pooran (17), who played the second fiddle, Pollard added 67 for the fourth wicket as the Caribbeans looked to have recovered from their initial slump.
However Navdeep Saini came back for his second spell to first dismiss left-hander Pooran with an off-cutter (leg-cutter for the batsman) which was edged to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
Saini (2/34 in 4 overs), who had trapped Pollard leg-before with a dipping full-toss in the first game then bowled a slower delivery that pegged back the middle stump breaching through his bat and pad.
West Indies were once again reeling at 105 for 5 before Deepak's younger cousin Rahul (1/27 in 3 overs) got his maiden wicket in the form rival skipper Carlos Brathwaite.
Deepak Chahar’s incisive swing bowling in a brilliant opening spell rattled the West Indies top-order. The right-arm pacer removed Sunil Narine in his first over and then went to dismiss Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer in his second over. The 26-year-old cricketer gave away just four runs in the three overs he bowled to leave West Indies tottering at 14/3, a blow from which they failed to recover.