Dinesh Karthik’s last ball six at the Nidahas Trophy finale on Sunday sealed a win for India against Bangladesh off an incredible chase by four wickets – delivering against the odds of the final match of a T20I tri-series.
An incredible match is the one which glues down the audience till the very last ball-hit, and it won’t be untrue to say that 2018 Nidahas Trophy finale in Sunday night (March 18) was any short of an incredible cricket match. It was India versus Bangladesh, fighting to grab on and seal the Nidahas T20 tri-series title for this year at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday. Batting first, the Bangladesh team scored off a 166 runs for eight wickets, setting out a goal for 167 for the men in blue. Chasing the score Indian team needed 34 off the last two overs when Indian skipper Dinesh Karthik walked down the pitch.
34 runs off 12 balls, it wasn’t exactly an achievable goal – however, Karthik summoned his deepest resolve – he was Man of the Match in India’s inaugural T20I in 2006 – to hit 22 off the penultimate over. On Sunday night, he revived the energy as Indian needed a five to win and Karthik holding the bat to hit the decisive shot – it was do or die situation. Karthik keeping his calm, he smashed Soumya Sarkar ver extra-cover as a second-string Indian side held its nerve in a tense situation to chase down a target of 167 in 20 overs. The Indian batsman hit off a Javed Miandad with a last-ball six as India pulled off an incredible chase beating Bangladesh by four wickets in the Nidhas T20 tri-series final.
The stunning last-ball six will be one of those hits that will be remembered for years to come – just like something that the Pakistani legend did against India 32 years back in Sharjah. The flat six that cued sensational scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo landed India with a Nidahas Trophy and Karthik as the Man of the Match, with a score of 29 and not out – for winning the seemingly unwinnable finale that it was.