Dinesh Karthik hits last-ball six to take India to Nidahas tri-series trophy

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Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six as India beat Bangladesh by four wickets to claim the Nidahas T20 tri-series at Colombo on Sunday.

Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six as India beat Bangladesh by four wickets to claim the Nidahas T20 tri-series at Colombo on Sunday.

India were very much out of the contest when they needed 34 runs off the last two overs as most of the established batsmen were back in the dugout. However, Karthik had other ideas and smashed an 8-ball 29* to do what appeared impossible at one time.



First he took 22 runs off the Ruben Hossain over to set it up nicely, and then hit Soumya Sarkar for a six off the last ball of the match – with India needing five runs to win – to help the team stay unbeaten against Bangladesh in eight T20s.

Earlier in the day, after being put into bat by Sharma, Sabbir Rahman’s 77 off 50 balls took Bangladesh to a respectable total.

Their start, however, wasn’t good as quick departure of Liton Das (11), Tamim Iqbal (15) and Soumya Sarkar (1) inside five overs left them reeling at 33/3.



Washington Sundar accounted for Das as the right-handed batsman’s mistimed sweep found Raina at square-leg. And then Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets in his first over as both Iqbal and Sarkar chose to go aerial but couldn’t get the desired results.

Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s top scorer in the tournament, then stabilised the innings a little with a 35-run stand but Chahal struck once again and sent back Rahim for 9, after which last-match hero Mahmudullah joined Rahman.

The Bangladeshi innings at last appeared to get going smoothly as both the batsmen scored comfortably and at a nice pace. But then Mahmudullah (21) got run-out after being a litte late in responding to Rahman’s call. Many would argue, saying it was a little aggressive calling on the part of Rahman.



Captain Shakib Al Hasan (7) was next to get run out and he had only himself to blame. Despite these unfortunate run-outs, Rahman kept his wits about him and during his innings hit seven fours and four sixes.

After Jaydev Unadkat got him and Rubel Hossain off back-to-back deliveries in the 19th over, Bangladesh appeared to be losing the plot but Mehidy Hasan took 18 runs off the last over bowled by Shardul Thakur to guide this team to 166/8.

Chahal and Unadkat returned figures of 3/18 and 2/33 respectively.

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