Karthik Stars as India Beat Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy Final

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik

Rohit promoted rookie allrounder Vijay Shankar to No. 6 for his maiden hit in global cricket, but he seemed to buckle under pressure and it was only due to Karthik's 8-ball 29 not out in the end that India could score 34 runs in the last 12 balls, including a six off the last ball of the match, to go past Bangladesh's 166. BCB issued this threat after the final ball defeat at the hands of India in the final of Nidahas Trophy.

In a heart-rending post on his official Facebook page, pacer Rubel has revealed he is gutted after his team came so close to beating India in the final on Sunday night before they choked with India sealing a last-ball thriller. Skipper Rohit Sharma had smashed a 42-ball 56 but the momentum swung Bangladesh's way after his wicket. The momentum was now in India's favour and pressure on Bangladesh, next ball was a boundary a heave over long-on and four more runs. Riding on the back of a well-made half-century from Sabbir Rahman, Bangladesh put up a total of 166/8 in their quota of 20 overs.

Coming in to bat when India was in a precarious situation at 133/5 after a wicket-maiden 18 over by Mustafizzur Rahman, Dinesh Karthik immediately turned the match around by smashing 22 runs off Rubel Hossain's 19 over. The next ball, the set batsman Manish Pandey skied a ball - apparently out of tension - and returned to the pavilion.

He and KL Rahul (24) found it easy going against the Bangladesh bowlers until Sharma went for a fatal slog-sweep of Nazmul Islam, departing with three sixes and four boundaries to his name. However, what really hurts us is the way Indian wicket-keepers kill our hopes on the last ball of the match. He scored 7 runs off 7 balls with a four. Mustafizur Rahman could not open his account off the three balls his faced.

"He can always play those ramp shots which he played in the end to Rubel Hossain". Jaydev Unadkat picked up two wickets both in his final over.

Off-spinner Washington Sundar (1/20 in 4 overs) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3/18 in 4 overs) were brilliant in the Powerplay but the duo of Vijay Shankar (0/48 in 4 overs) and Shardul Thakur (0/45 in 4 overs) leaked 93 runs between them on a good batting surface. He gave 33 runs in his four overs.

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