HERO NIDAHAS TROPHY FINAL
Dinesh Karthik (29, 8b, 2×4, 3×6) rode a trail of bravery bludgeoning 34 off the last two overs to take India to a spectacular last ball win over Bangladesh reaching 168 for 6 off 20 overs in the final to lift the Hero
Nidahas Trophy at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday night. Needing 12 off the last over bowled by Soumya Sarkar the first was a wide followed by a dot ball and 1, 4, 1 and the wicket of Vijay Shankar in the fifth ball and the total was 162 for 6. With 5 needed off the last delivery Karthik, who had crossed over, smashed the last ball to mid-off for 6. The penultimate over by Rubel Hossain yielded 22 with Karthik scoring 6, 4 , 6, dot ball, 2, 4 to take India to 155 for 5. The non striker was Washington Sundar. Indeed, Dinesh Karthik’s bludgeoning drama lifted the wicket-keeper in the stature of a goliath with the willow in lifting his side from the depths to victory. His effort reaped the Man of the Match award. It was a tremendous final sans the home team Sri Lanka watched by a 20,000 strong vociferous crowd of majority Sri Lankans who cheered India on.
India lost the first wicket at 32 of Shikhar Dhawan for 10 caught by substitute Ariful Haque off Shakib Al Hasan. India suffered a double setback losing pivotal No.3 batsman Suresh Raina for a duck facing three balls with no addition to the total. He was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim off Rubel Hossain. However, Skipper Rohit Sharma raced to 32 off 15 hitting 4 boundaries and a six as India reached 48 for 2 in 5 overs.
After six overs the score read 56 for 2 at a run rate of 9.3 an over. Sharma continued to keep the momentum going moving to 44 off 28 striking 4 hits to the fence and 3 sixes taking the total to 71 off 8 overs without further loss. K.L. Rahul was on 17 off 9 with a boundary and six.
The pair added 51 for the third wicket before Rahul exited for 24 off 14 (2×4, 1×6) making it 3 for 83 in 9.3 overs. Sharma remained ominous reaching 50 off 35 (4×4, 3×6) and the total was 90 for 3 after 12 overs with India requiring another 77 off 48 balls. Manish Pandey was on 4. India were 96 for 3 after 13. The fourth wicket at 98 in the third ball of the 14 th over that of Sharma fell for 56 caught by Mahmudullah off Nazmul Islam in the third ball of the 14 th over and India were 98 for 4.
The skipper made 56 off 42. After 15 overs India were 115 for 4 with Pandey on 18 and Vijay Shankar on 6. After 16 the total had moved to 123. The next over fetched 9 including a boundary by Shankar off Soumya; 132 for 4. Pandey fell for 28 making it 133 for 5 after 18. Sabbir Rahman struck 77 off 50 balls inclusive of 7 boundaries and 4 sixes as Banagladsh recovered from a shaky 4 for 68 to total 166 for 8 wickets in 20 overs. He was associated in two fruitful partnerships of 46 for the fifth wicket with M. Mahmudullah (21) and 29 for the sixth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan (7), both run out. India’s fielding was outstanding accounting for the successive run outs.
Having won the toss and opted to bowl, India struck swift blows reducing Bangladesh to 3 wickets for 33 in 5 overs. First to go was Liton Das for 11 top edging to Suresh Raina off Washington Sundar with the total on 27 in 3.2 overs. Tamim Iqbal was dismissed with no addition to the total off Yuzvendra Chahal to a catch to Thakur for 15 in the very next over. After 4.2 overs Bangladesh had lost their way with further dirt rubbed in with the third wicket that of Sabbir Rahman falling at 33 caught Dhawan bowled Chahal for 1 in the last delivery of the fifth over.
By Srian Obeyesekere
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