India, on Sunday, won the Nidahas Trophy in a miraculous manner. It had looked like a lost battle for the Men in Blue when Mustafizur Rahman conceded only 1 run off the 18th over. That miserly over had left India with an uphill task as they needed 34 off last two overs. However, a whirlwind knock from Dinesh Karthik took the team home.
Rubel Hossain, who had picked 2/13 in three overs, came on to bowl the penultimate over. And what followed was total carnage. Karthik got off the mark by blasting a low full toss over long on for six and followed it up with a powerful blow to long on for four. The batsman sent out another length ball over deep mid wicket for his second six and ended the over with a scoop to the fine leg fence. With 22 runs coming off Bangladesh’s best bowler, India’s hopes were revived.
In the final over bowled by Soumya Sarkar, struggling Vijay Shankar managed to hit a boundary off the fourth ball. However, his dismissal on the fifth ball left India needing five off the last ball. And on the final delivery, Karthik hit one over sweeper cover for his third six to seal the match in thrilling style. Karthik scored 29* off 8 with the help of two fours and three sixes.
It was an stunning win as India and Karthik garnered praise from all over. Rested India skipper Virat Kohli also took to Twitter to lavish praise on the team and the keeper-batsman.
“What a game of cricket last night, Complete team performance! Big up boys!!! ??Well done DK @DineshKarthik ?”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 19, 2018
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