Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Karthik smashes 6 off last ball as India beats Bangladesh

Karthik smashes 6 off last ball as India beats Bangladesh

Preview: Fresh from a thrilling win in their last league game against hosts Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will have their tails up as they prepare to take on a confident India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.

It was left to Sabbir to get his side up to a competitive total, the number three hit four sixes and 11 boundaries in total, 84 coming off the last eight overs after Bangladesh had found runs hard to come by. India needed 12 runs of last over with Vijay Shankar on strike.

India started off on a steady note as openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (10) scored 32 runs in three overs but then Dhawan was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan brought in his best bowler Rubel Hossain - who not only conceded just 13 runs in his first three overs for two wickets but had been Bangladesh's best throughout the tournament - to bowl when India needed 34 from the last 12 balls.

But Karthik, who was sent in at No. 7, handled the pressure brilliantly to take India over the line.

India were chasing 167 runs to win the Nidahas Trophy. "I have been practicing these shots - having a strong base and then hitting from there." said Man of the Match Dinesh Karthik after his heroics.

Needing 69 runs in 40 balls, it was all on new two new batsmen Pandey and Vijay Shankar (17).

Rohit tried a slog-sweep of Nazmul Islam but fell to a catch. Pandey played 27 balls and slammed three boundaries.

Rubel claimed two wickets in his four overs. Tamim followed in the next over for 15 when he launched leg-spinner Chahal towards long on, and it looked like a certain six until a jumping Shardul Thakur plucked the ball out of the air on the very edge of the boundary and managed to keep his balance upon landing centimetres inside the rope. How much do you think Bangladesh will score today?

Their top order comprising Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah have been amongst the runs while Liton Das seems the only weak link at the top.

Skipper Rohit taking a gamble by introducing both spinners inside the Powerplay overs instead of using an effective part-timer like Suresh Raina when Thakur and Shankar were being hit, came as a surprise. He gets a lot of height and almost the distance, but Shardul Thakur takes a superb catch at long off. Bangladesh was clear favourite at this point of time.

Trying to go for one too many, Rahman's brilliant innings came to end with Unadkat ruffling his wickets to get his first wicket.

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