The short boundaries and the easy-paced, hit-through-the-line pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium can spook most bowlers. But not Chahal, who thrives at this venue, and has grown to become one of the MVPs for the local IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With England chasing 203, Virat Kohli tossed the new ball to Chahal, who bowled a flat dart on the leg stump first up and watched Jason Roy unleash a rasping switch-hit into the stands beyond backward point. Chahal didn't lose his head: he is used to being hit and bouncing back, particularly at this venue. Two balls later, he tossed one up above the eyeline and had Sam Billings tickling a catch to slip.
The asking rate always balloons in steep chases, but Eoin Morgan and Joe Root kept it in check by carting the change bowlers to the short boundaries. They narrowed it down to 86 needed off 42 balls, and with eight wickets in hand, England seemed on the path to go home with a trophy to show for their troubles, after losing the Test and ODI series.
Enter Chahal again, to kill the chase with five wickets in two overs while giving away only six runs - the fantasy of every T20 bowler. If you had blinked, you might have missed it. Chahal fooled the big-hitting left-handers - Morgan, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali - with wide wrong'uns that broke further away. He owned the Chinnaswamy Stadium and the England batsmen that night.
Chahal had just bested Morgan with the third ball of his second spell, but Root, one of England's best batsmen against spin, was still capable of salvaging the chase. Having mixed loopy legbreaks with fizzing googlies, Chahal brought out a new toy - a front-of-the-hand flipper - that skidded off the pitch and pinned Root in front. Morgan and Root gone off successive balls. Game over for England.
Chahal is the first Indian
to take five or more wickets in an innings in T20Is.
"In the IPL too, I use him [Chahal] in most of the matches [as a wicket-taking option]. He never says 'no' to bowling with the new ball or bowling in the middle overs, so I mean having a guy like this is great. He doesn't say 'no' to any situation." - India captain Virat Kohli
"I plan that batsmen will want to go for their shots because it's a small ground, so I have a chance for wickets. I bowl a fuller length, so I have a chance for lbws if they miss the sweep and reverse-sweep. Never dreamed I'd get six wickets." - Yuzvendra Chahal
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