Harshal Patel continues to impress in the blue of India and this time with the bat. Harshal played a crucial little knock to help his side to a respective total in the third T20I against New Zealand. Making his debut with the bat, the Haryana quick played a cameo of quickfire 18 runs to help India breach the 180-run mark.
Winning the toss yet against, skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bat first at the Eden Gardens. The move paid off as India was off to a rollicking start in the powerplay but the scoring slowed down as Mitchell Santner chipped in with three quick wickets to slam the break. It was the late blitz from pacers Harshal Patel and Deepak Chahar that India put up a total of 184 on the board.
Harshal Patel departs in a bizarre fashion
Having dispatched Lockie Ferguson to the boundary, Harshal Patel was looking in sublime touch. But his stay in the middle came to an end with an unfortunate hit wicket. IN the penultimate over of the game, Patel tried to cut a Ferguson delivery but went a touch too deep in the crease chopping onto the stumps.
For a moment nobody realised what had happened. It was when Harshal Patel walked that players noticed the bells were shattered. It is the second time an Indian batsman has been dismissed hit wicket in T20Is. KL Rahul was the first when he stepped onto his stumps during an encounter against Sri Lanka.
Harshal departed after playing a good little knock which featured a couple of boundaries and a six. Following his dismissal, Deepak Chahar joined the party as he scored 21 runs off just eight balls. Chahar scored 19 runs off the final over of Adam Milne to give India the perfect finish.
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