Karthik's last-ball six helps India to lift Nidahas Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 19, 2018,
Mar 19, 2018, 19:13
Karthik bailed out his skipper and also statemate and rookie Vijay Shankar, who had struggled to put the bat to ball in the frantic final stages, with a sensational cameo. When the six was hit for the last ball, the crowd in the stadium went insane cheering for India since it wasn't expected for India to win the match facing the bowling of Bangladesh. Held back in the order while the rookie Vijay Shankar was preferred at No 5 - despite never having batted at global level - the experienced Karthik entered India's chase after Mustafizur Rahman had bowled a stunning wicket-maiden 18th over. "That was the reason I held Dinesh back, I have seen him play over the years and his experience matters a lot". So I just had to go out there and hit the ball hard. The support we got here from this crowd was brilliant, it would be a bit different if we were playing Sri Lanka but I would like to thank them for their show tonight.
Karthik came in to bat with the scoreboard reading 133/5 at the end of 18 overs.
Since Sunday's dramatic finale, India and the entire social media is cheering for Dinesh Karthik. "But we feel we will take the experience forward and make it count in the upcoming future", Rahim concluded by saying. "We wanted one of the experienced guys batting in the end".
"The target I wouldn't say was very high or very low". But even if Rubel had gone for 15 an over, we could have handled it. That didn't work out but that's okay, he tried.
"At that stage, all I was trying to do was hit a boundary every ball. I'm proud that it paid off".
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. "But once you get it, you have to take it". You have to think that you can always get it. There were more heated arguments, and a door in the Bangladesh dressing room was found shattered later. Maxwell departed off the penultimate delivery of the 19th over and Warner off the first of the last, and only some fumbles in the field allowed Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to scamper the required run.
Rohit said: "The way we finished off was ideal and very happy to see Dinesh doing what he did". With Dinesh Karthik scoring 22 in Rubel's over, India was at a score of 155/5. The over read: 6, 4, 6, 0, 2, 4. Hence, in the final over only 12 runs were needed by India to take over the win. It's never easy at the death.
However, Pandey's dismissal proved to be a blessing in disguise as the man who replaced him in the middle was Karthik. "We were lucky enough to get that big over from Dinesh when Rubel was bowling in the 19th". "Nothing comes close to crossing the finish line for your country.", Karthik wrote on Instagram sharing a photograph of himself with his Man of the Match award.
"Washington has been magical for us", gushed his skipper.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that he had held back Karthik in order to have a senior batsman in the climactic stages of the chase.
For Bangladesh, Hossain picked up two wickets.
"Its not possible to rewind time, so we have to do better when there is a similar situation again".