A bit of last-minute magic from wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik steered India to an exciting four-wicket win over Bangladesh in the all-important finals of the Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo last evening.
India required five of the last delivery and Dinesh Karthik confidently smashed a flat six over long on to complete a successful chase. Karthik made 29 in just 8 with 2 fours and 3 sixes under his name.
“He was with us on the previous tour in South Africa and didn’t get much game time. To do what he did today will give him a lot of confidence going forward. Most important thing he has is the belief in himself. Whatever situation comes, he’s ready – whether he bats up the order or down the order. That’s the kind of guy we need in our team,” said skipper Rohit Sharma at the post-match conference.
As anticipated, India after winning the toss decided to field first. The frontline bowlers had Bangladesh 3 down for just 33 in 5 overs. A couple of partnerships took Bangladesh past 100 in the 15th over of the innings. A steady hand from Sabbir Rahman lifted the Tigers to a healthy 166 for 8 in 20 overs.
Rahman made 77 in 50 balls. Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for team India.
In response, India’s fast start was reduced by a couple of blows in the 3rd over. A much-needed half-century from skipper Sharma and a couple of 20s from Rahul and Pandey gave India the edge. However, an outstanding over under pressure from Mustafizur Rahman swung the game in favor of the Tigers.
Dinesh Karthik with a few mighty blows in the final quarter of the game took India home with a last-ball six.
Spinner Washington Sundar was announced player of the series.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan crowd at the RPS booed at Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan for his dealings in the game against the home side on Friday. Few players were at each other and the glass window in the Bangladesh dressing room was shattered after the game.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan and substitute Nurul Hasan plead guilty and were fined 25 percent of their match fee.
“We don’t expect away crowds to support us. We were not focusing on that. It would have been nice if they had supported us, but these things can happen. We were not worried about who was supporting whom. It was important for us to play some good cricket on the field,” said the Bangladesh skipper.
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