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Late Dinesh Karthik blitz help India lift Nidahas Trophy with last-ball win

Dinesh Karthik played a stunning knock
Dinesh Karthik played a stunning knock

India 168-6 (Rohit 56) beat
Bangladesh 166-8 (Sabbir 77) by four wickets
Final, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Dinesh Karthik scored unbeaten 29 off eight deliveries including a last-ball six as India pulled out a thrilling victory chasing 167 runs in the final against Bangladesh in Colombo to clinch the Nidahas Trophy.

Karthik (29 not out), who has been India's go-to-batsman in the end, hit two sixes and a boundary in the first three deliveries he faced and overall plundered 22 runs off the penultimate over to leave India 12 to get off the final over.

Vijay Shankar (17) had a tough outing with the bat and his struggle to connect boundaries meant, India managed just three runs off the first three deliveries off the final over from Soumya Sarkar (1-33) but he managed to hit a boundary off the fourth ball. The target came down to five runs off the final two deliveries.

On what was an eventful fifth delivery, Shankar smashed one down the ground going for the glory short but Mehedi Hasan (0-17) took a crucial rebound catch at long off but what worked in India's favour was Karthik crossing to the striker's end.

A four off the final delivery would have taken the game to the Super Over but Karthik whipped a wide delivery from Sarkar to sweeper boundary to complete a thrilling chase and more importantly helped India to lift the Nidahas Trophy.

The chase though was set up by a half-century from Rohit Sharma (56), who looked aggressive from the word go and even took the attack on Mehedi, hitting him for two sixes and a boundary in the second over.

Losing wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Suresh Raina (0) early did dent India's momentum a bit before Lokesh Rahul (24) with his 14-ball cameo steadied the innings with his skipper, who scored his second consecutive fifty off 35 deliveries.

Just as India were coasting away in the chase, Nazmul Islam (1-32) produced the decisive wicket of Sharma while Mustafizur Rahman (1-21), who snared Manish Pandey (28) bowled a terrific 18th over where he managed five dots and a leg bye to Shankar but his effort went in vain as Karthik produced one of the best ever knock that was seen under pressure.

Earlier, the Indian spinners, Washington Sundar (1-20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3-18) kept Bangladesh in check at 68 for four at the halfway mark, before Sabbir Rahman (77) with his 50-ball knock injected momentum into the innings to help them to a respectable total. Mehedi (19 not out) also played a handy seven-ball cameo.

Sundar was named the player of the series while Karthik bagged the man of the match as India maintained their unbeaten streak against Bangladesh in T20Is.

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