Bangladesh was on the peak of breaking their T20 voodoo against India in the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series final on Sunday. The asking rate had mounted Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey was struggling.
Master blaster Sachin also congratulated the team by tweeting”Amazing victory by
#TeamIndia. Superb batting by @DineshKarthik. A great knock by @ImRo45 to set the platform. What a finish to a final!! #NidahasTrophy2018 #INDvsBAN”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 18, 2018
India required 34 off 12 balls and it looked like a lost cause. Pandey’s departure though brought Dinesh Karthik at No 7. Rubel Hossain, who had picked 2/13 in three overs, was about to bowl the 19th over.
What happened next was a master class from Karthik which changed the features of the game. The Indian wicketkeeper started off by the mark by blasting a low full toss over long on for six and followed it up with a powerful blow to long on for four. The batsman hammered another length ball over deep mid wicket for his second six and ended the over with a scoop to the fine leg fence. India’s hopes rose With 22 runs coming off from Bangladesh’s best bowler.
Soumya Sarkar bowled the final over, Vijay Shankar squeezed a boundary off the fourth ball but fell as India were left with five off the last ball. However, Karthik demonstrated his finishing ability and carved a full ball high over sweeper cover for his third six to seal the match.
Karthik scored 29 in eight-ball, while captain Rohit Sharma achieved his 14thfifty (56 off 42 balls) helped India prolong Bangladesh’s anguish in T20s at the Premadasa Stadium.