Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
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Karthik's last-ball six gifts India T20 tri-series title

Karthik's last-ball six gifts India T20 tri-series title

Dinesh Karthik smacked a six off the last ball to help India register a thrilling four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 Tri-Series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. India needed five runs of the last ball and Dinesh Karthik smashed a remarkable six over cover off Soumya Sarkar's bowling. This game was as good as you'll ever see and Dinesh Karthik played an unrealistic knock to take India home.

The game was up for a tense finish as India needed 34 runs off two overs after Mustafizur Rahman just gave away just 1 run and got the all important wicket of Manish Pandey to turn the tide in Bangladesh's favour. Batsman Soumya Sarkar, who has had a poor tournament, also keeps his spot.

But Rohit and KL Rahul then got together to stitch a 51-run partnership, looking fluent and finding boundaries at ease. The talented right-hander had a tumble while collecting the player-of-the-final award during the presentation ceremony, which was what Bangladesh wanted when he was raining those three sixes and two fours in an eight-ball blitzkrieg for a mere 29. However, Bangladesh's pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman had a different plan for the Men in Blue as he bowled a terrific 18th over, in which he conceded just a leg bye to the under-pressure rookie Vijay Shankar and sent back Manish Pandey off the last ball. Pandey displayed some superb shots while Shankar also supported handsomely at the other end.

Bangladesh completely rode on the brilliance on Sabbir Rahmaan who played a memorable inning of 77 runs.

Experienced batsman Karthik then joined Shankar and guided India to victory.


Paceman Jaydev Unadkat struck twice in the penultimate over of the Bangladesh innings, dismissing Sabbir and Rubel Hossain.

After being asked to bat first, Bangladesh tumbled at the start as they lost their openers early.

Vijay Shankar (0-48) and Shardul Thakur (0-45) took the maximum punishment, with the two going for almost 100 in eight overs.

Apart from Chahal, Washington Sundar took one wicket whereas Jaydev Unadkat finished with two wickets. Mushfiqur Rahim, who had played a brilliant inning against India earlier in the series, failed today and was dismissed at 9 runs off 12 balls.

In the very first ball of the 11th over, Chahal grabbed his third wicket as Rahim miscued a widish googly, skying the ball over backward point where Shankar took a fine diving catch running to his right. The wicket put a break on India's run rate.

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