The Nidahas Trophy final was a hard pill to swallow for the Bangladeshi fans. Bangladesh were looking primed to win the final till the very last before Dinesh Karthik guided India to a miraculous won.
Chasing 167, India were staring down the barrel after 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 helped India win the game in style.
Rubel Hossain, who had picked 2/13 in three overs, came on to bowl the penultimate over. And what followed left one and all mighty stunned. 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.
Soumya Sarkar then came to defend 12 runs in the last over. And it looked he had done his job when he dismissed Vijay Shankar on the fifth ball as India needed 5 off the last delivery. However, Karthik launched a stunning shot 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 the worst possible end for Bangladesh and their cricket-crazy fans could not control their emotions. A video, which has gone viral, has shown what the fans went through following the heartbreaking loss. One fan, dressed as a tiger, looked inconsolable as his fellow countrymen looked disappointed too.
Here is a snippet showing the fans crying profusely: