India seals title with Karthik’s last ball six

Dinesh Karthik smashed a six off the last ball to help India beat Bangladesh by four wickets at the Nidahas Trophy T20 finals held at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo a short while ago.

Bangladesh scored 166 for eight while India sealed the win for 168 in their run chase for twenty overs.

Dinesh Karthik is the Man of the Match for his match-winning 29 not out.

Dinesh Karthik on Sunday stole all the limelight as the wicket-keeper batsman played a brilliant cameo (29 runs off eight balls) and hit a last-ball six to power India to a four-wicket win against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final at R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. Coming in the second last over with scoreboard reading 133/5, Karthik announced his arrival at the crease through two sixes and a four in first three balls which narrowed the gap between remaining balls and required runs. The drama unfolded in the last over when India needed five runs in the last ball. Karthik slammed a flat six over extra cover to clinch the issue.

Karthik single-handedly changed the complexion of the game as he walked out to bat after Manish Pandey's fall and hit two sixes and as many fours in the 19th over to add vital 22 runs to India's score. Twitter was soon flooded with congratulatory messages and the fans showered accolades on the wicket-keeper batsman.

Chasing 167, skipper Rohit Sharma (56) once again led from the front with his classy knock but failed to finish off the proceedings. Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (28) played sensible innings but was dismissed when needed the most. Then came Karthik who took India to victory.

India started off on a steady note as openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (10) scored 32 runs in three overs but then Dhawan was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan.

Suresh Raina (0), who also played a crucial role along with Rohit in the last match could not disturb his score this time as the Uttar Pradesh batsman was dismissed in the very next over by Rubel Hossain.

But incoming batsman Lokesh Rahul (24) and Rohit forged a crucial 51-run partnership before Rahul was sent packing by Hossain in the 10th over.

Just when things seemed good in the middle, Rohit departed with Nazmul Islam picking up the crucial wicket in the 14th over. His 42-balls innings was laced with four boundaries and three sixes.

Needing 69 runs in 40 balls, it was all on new two new batsmen Pandey and Vijay Shankar (17). Pandey displayed some superb shots while Shankar also supported handsomely at the other end.

But with 37 needed in last three overs, Shankar played four dot balls which mounted the pressure and as a result, Pandey, while trying for a big one, was caught by Sabbir Rahman off Mustafizur Rahman. Pandey played 27 balls and slammed three boundaries.

Experienced batsman Karthik then joined Shankar and guided India to victory.

(With IANS inputs