India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the Nidahas T20 Tri-series final with a last ball six by Dinesh Karthik, in Colombo on Sunday night. Karthik, with his aggressive yet composed batting, turned the match on its head when he walked out to bat after Manish Pandey’s fall and hit two sixes and as many fours in the 19th over to add vital 22 runs to India’s score.
Image : Dinesh Karthik celebrates after hitting a six off the last ball to help India lift the Nidahas trophy against Bangladesh in Colombo on Sunday.
Needing five off the final delivery, Karthik smashed Soumya Sarkar over extra-cover to chase down a target of 167 in 20 overs. It would be counting as one of India’s famous last ball sixes : something that Pakistani legend did against India 32 years back in Sharjah.
Karthik got 29 off 8 balls with two boundaries and three sixes , the last of them which will forever be engraved in the memory.
Skipper Rohit Sharma’s (56 off 42 balls) dismissal set India’s inexperienced middle-order in panic mode and Vijay Shankar’s four dot-balls off the 18th over by Mustafizur Rahaman made it very difficult for India.
At the start of the 19th over,Karthik came and hit Rubel Hossain for 22 to bring down the equation to 12 off the final over before finishing it off in style.
A partisan Sri Lankan crowd, which was upset by Bangladesh’s behaviour, did the now-famous ‘Nagin dance’ (snake dance’) along with Indian supporters, leaving the Tigers distraught.
The Indian team is a tough place to get an opportunity, but once you get it, you have to take it. And credit to the backroom staff, they have always supported me and I’m really happy
said Dinesh Karthik.
Rohit started off the Indian innings with a lofted boundary over long-on off his opposite number Shakib. Young off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz then got a taste of what world class batsmanship is as he was hit for two huge sixes — over deep mid-wicket and over long-on — along with another four.
Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Suresh Raina (0) were out in quick succession but the Indian captain was in his element and continued merrily to top score with 56.
Off-spinner Washington Sundar (one for 20) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (three for 18) were brilliant in the PowerPlay, but the duo of Vijay Shankar (none for 48) and Shardul Thakur (none for 45) leaked 93 runs between them on a good batting surface.
While the Washington-Chahal duo bowled 20 dot balls between them with only one boundary, Shankar and Thakur conceded 10 boundaries and four sixes.
Jaydev Unadkat (two for 33) did come back well in his final over but Sabbir cleverly waited for the spinners to finish their quota as he launched a furious assault on the pacers during the back-10.