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18-Mar-2018 17:24:00 GMT
Ind v Ban, T20I Tri-Series Final, Colombo

Karthik last-ball six helps India to Nidahas Trophy win

India 168 for 6 (Rohit 56, Karthik 29*, Rubel 2-35) beat Bangladesh 166 for 8 (Sabbir 77, Chahal 3-18, Unadkat 2-33) by 4 wickets

Colombo: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out with men on a mission. They clobbered Bangladesh’s spinners quite early into their spell. Rohit cherished his rivalry with Mehedi Hasan; picking 16 runs off 3 balls in just the second over of the innings.

Washington Sundar is the Man of the Series. While Dinesh Karthik was named Man of the Match.

Dhawan soon joined the festivities as well, smoking a six on the back foot against Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib got his revenge in the same over, getting rid of Dhawan (10), who played a cross-batted shot.

Suresh Raina came in the middle and got out within a span of 3 balls. It took an eagle-eyed Mushfiqur Rahim to pick up an edge off Raina’s glove and opt for the review. Rubel Hossain getting his first wicket of the match.

KL Rahul came out in the middle with Rohit Sharma going hammer and tong. The pair absorbed a mini-collapse and marched India towards their goal. Rohit during his knock surpassed 7,000 T20 runs as well; third Indian after Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.

The pair also brought up their 50-run partnership. Rahul (24) also brought up his 500th T20I run, but fell playing pulling a short ball. He handed a simple catch to the fielder at deep square leg, Rubel getting his second wicket.

Manish Pandey joined Rohit, as the latter brought up his 14th T20I fifty.

Vijay Shankar came out ahead of Dinesh Karthik in a bid to up the scoring rate. Pandey soon unshackled himself, and the flow of boundaries came rushing in. Shankar playing batting for the first time in India colours, showcased composure and picked crucial boundaries.

Mustafizur Rahim came back into the attack and bowled an incredible 18th over. Shankar wasted four balls before picking a single. Pandey, buried under pressure, handed the fielder at long off a simple catch. He made 28 off 27.

Dinesh Karthik came out and smoked 22 (6,4,6,0,2,4) runs in the penultimate over to keep India’s hopes alive.

Earlier, Bangladesh batting first managed to post 166 for 8 on the board.

Put into bat, Bangladesh suffered from a lack of partnerships but Sabbir's 50-ball 77 gave the team a competitive total.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets to rattle the Bangladesh batting early including the prized scalp of the in-form Mushfiqur Rahim for nine. He returned figures of 3-18.

Sabbir then went after the Indian pacemen Vijay Shankar and Shardul Thakur, who gave away 93 runs between them.

Left-arm quick Jaydev Unadkat struck late to get two wickets in an over as he finally got Sabbir, who hit seven fours and four sixes, bowled on a slower delivery.

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