Karthik hits final-ball six to win Nidahas Trophy


Dinesh Karthik finished the game off for India with an unbelievable inning and sealed the game off with a six.

Going into Sunday's final, India with a second-string team minus regular captain Virat Kohli and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will hope their skipper Rohit Sharma will lead from the front and replicate his form in their previous encounter against the same opposition on Wednesday.

In what was a virtual semi-final against the Islanders on Friday, Bangladesh pulled off a brilliant two-wicket win from the jaws of defeat in the final over, which was marred by ugly scenes following the on-field umpires' failure to call the second delivery of the over a no-ball for height. Then came Karthik who took India to victory. His eight ball knock included two fours and three sixes and he was adjudged Man of the Match.

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.

Dinesh Karthik stayed calm when 12 runs were required from the last over. Due to the awkward drama by Bangladesh players during the 6th T20 match against Sri Lanka in which they defeated them in the last over, SL fans want team India to win the game tonight.

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Left-arm quick Jaydev Unadkat struck late to get two wickets in an over as he finally got Sabbir, who hit seven fours and four sixes, bowled on a slower delivery. Before the bowlers had a breather, Rahul joined him and the duo run havoc to tilt the game fully India's way.

Washington Sundar was named the Man of the Series for his magnificent performances throughout the series.

"I realised that it wasn't that easy to bat, the way Mustafizur bowled that over, all I needed to do was to go for boundaries as soon as I went in".

Indian spinners kept chipping away at the wickets with Yuzvendra Chahal leading the charge taking out Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar in his first over. It was third consecutive match that the Tigers lost their first 3 wickets inside first 6 overs.

Chahal removed Soumya Sarkar (1) in the same over, the batsman sweeping straigh to Dhawan at square leg, as Bangladesh looked in disarray inside the Powerplay tottering at 40/3 in six overs. In the last game, Bangladesh had awkwardly behaved in the game against Sri Lanka, hence the Sri Lankan crowd too expected the win of India.