India beat Bangladesh by 4 Wickets. The Toss And Decided To Beat The Nagins By Wickets. Good Decision To Bowl First. What a Momentum. Really good shot selections by Dinesh Karthik. 29 Runs in just 8 balls. Last 12 balls were nervous for both sides.
India won the toss and chose to bowl first in the Nidahas Trophy final, against Bangladesh. 5 out of 6 matches in the tournament have been won by chasing sides. Bangladesh have also chased successfully twice, but will have to set the score in the final.
Soumya Sarkar is buckled over. He is inconsolable. He needs his captain to lift him up off the ground. For a part-time bowler to be given the final over, to handle this kind of pressure, is a lot of work and he tackled it gamely. But Karthik is a sensational finisher in T20 cricket, he does it time and again in the IPL, and for his state side Tamil Nadu. Came in to bat after a wicket maiden – in the 18th over too – from Bangladesh’s gun bowler, Mustafizur Rahman, when the match was firmly in Bangladesh’s favour. Then came a breathtaking assault, sending his first three balls to the boundary and changing the game in the blink of an eye. And the final six to seal it all was the best of them, with the ball going over cover, as pristine a cricket shot as any to finish off a T20 game.
Soumya Sarkar to Karthik, SIX runs, flat! hard! AND HE’S CLEARED THE BOUNDARY! INDIA WIN! And the dressing room goes mad! Sarkar is hunched over on the ground! What an innings. DK is lost in the huddle. He has all of his team-mates climbing all over him. He’s floored, after he has floored Soumya Sarkar over the cover boundary with incredible style!
Match Hero Dinesh Karthik
Team Bangladesh Score: 166/8 (20 overs)
Team India Score: 168/6 (20 overs)
India 168 for 6 (Rohit 56, Karthik 29*) beat Bangladesh 166 for 8 (Sabbir 77, Chahal 3-18) by four wickets