The drama unfolded in the last over when India needed five runs on the last ball. Dinesh Karthik slammed a flat six over extra cover to pull off a heist!
If you are a true follower of the sport, then Dinesh Karthik will be a definite hero in your view! The Nidahas Trophy Final was indeed one of the most exciting finishes in a T20 game ever.
When Mustafizur Rahman produced a wicket-maiden in the 18th over, it was all curtains for team India. 35 runs from 2 overs and when you are 6 wickets down, seems like a game out of hand. But Dinesh Karthik had different plans. Held back in the order while the rookie Vijay Shankar was preferred at No. 5 despite no international experience.The veteran Karthik was in some bang bang mood after the 18th over marvel by the ‘Fiz’.
Dinesh Karthik smashed a stunning, unbeaten cameo off 29 off 8 balls, including a last-ball six when India needed five to win, to snatch the Nidahas Trophy which had threatened to go into Bangladesh’s hands for large parts of the second innings.
India were coasting ahead with Rohit slamming Mehedi Hasan, the offspinner, for two sixes and a four in a 17-run second over. Rohit smashed a good 56 runs off 42 deliveries. But wickets were tumbling for the other end. Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan went back to the pavilion in a space of 5 balls.
With wickets falling at regular intervals, India was struggling at 133/6. When Karthik induced a late twist with 22 runs in the penultimate over, off Rubel. He started by slamming one over long-on, and ended the over scooping over short fine-leg and got the equation down to 12 off the last over, bowled by Soumya Sarkar.
Watch the exciting finish here: