What a wonderful inning it was, I have never seen such a wonderful change in the batting style of Dinesh Karthik. This is the inning that we expect from every Indian player especially form the players like Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and others.
We have to accept one fact that Bangladesh cricket team had shown a great performance in this match and even in the whole Nidahas Trophy. Ones in this match we have lost all the hope of a win but thanks to Dinesh Karthik who had shown a great confidence in himself and snatch the match from Bangladesh and give a chance to all Indians to celebrate the victory of the Indian team.
However, the arrival of Dinesh Karthik changed the complexion of the match altogether and India managed to clinch the match, courtesy his unbeaten 29 off eight balls. Despite pressure situation, the wicketkeeper-batsman produced a fine knock. His innings began with two sixes and a four off Rubel Hossain’s 19th over, in which he picked up 22 runs and ended with a six off Soumya off the last ball of the tournament.
India was almost out of the match (before Karthik started hitting). I think we did well for 38 overs except for the Miraz over at the start and the second last over when Rubel went for 22 runs.
All the credit goes to Dinesh Karthik for the way he batted in this match. It is not an easy thing to do to hit a low full-toss like that. Five of the eight balls he faced went for boundaries. I think he hit three sixes. It was amazing hitting. Bangladesh was so close, but India was on the winning side at the end of the match. But you can’t take anything away from Bangladesh, with the way they played in this tournament, and in the final.
They have shown some good character and played with the right spirit. When Mustafizur bowled that brilliant over, India needed 34 off the last two overs. Rubel was there best bowler today after the way he bowled the first three overs. They showed believed in him. They thought even if he bowled badly, he would go for 15 runs. They have 20 runs to play in the last two overs, which would have given Soumya some cushion. It was the plan behind bringing Rubel in the 19th over.
After the end of the match, Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh skipper, hailed Dinesh Karthik’s innings but also lauded the effort of his team after they lost the final of Nidahas Trophy to India off the last ball of the match in Colombo. He believes the heart-breaking experience will leave his team in good stead for the future.
Following the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Bangladesh had managed to claw back into the contest, after being behind in the game for most parts. They reached their peak period of dominance following the 18th over by Mustafizur Rahim, who conceded only a solitary run – a leg bye – and also accounted for the wicket of Manish Pandey. With 34 runs needed off the last two overs and an out-of-touch Vijay Shankar at the crease, Bangladesh was on top.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who on Sunday, handed India a nail-biting four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series with a six off the final ball, said he has been practising these types of shots from a long time for such kind of situations.
Let’s take a look of Last two overs of the match where Dinesh Karthik hit the balls so badly.
18.1(6) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
SIX! DINESH KARTHIK, YOU BEAUTY! He has walked out with all the confidence in the world. Gets a full ball in the slot, he tonks it well over long on for half a dozen. What a way to get going!
18.2(4) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
FOUR! 10 off the first two deliveries already! This is on a length around off, Karthik makes some room and hits it wide of long on and earns himself a boundary.
18.3(6) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
SIX! Karthik – 16 off 3, Shankar at the other end – 12 off 15! What was the Indian wicketkeeper doing in the dressing room all this while? Batting or what! This is full on the pads, Dinesh just blasts it over square leg for another maximum. 18 needed off 8 now.
18.4(0) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
All that mini-conference in the middle seems to have done something for Rubel. Gets in a dot ball here. Lands it on a length outside off, slower in pace, Karthik fails to cut it away. Rahim again collects it and puts in an appeal. The only one doing so on the planet, let alone in Colombo!
18.5(2) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
Excellent running. That’s the best piece of job that Shankar has done, exclaim my mates here. DK smashes it towards long off and succeeds in taking a couple, beating the throw from the deep.
18.6(4) RUBEL HOSSAIN TO DINESH KARTHIK
FOUR! Another one, 22 have come off this over! Initially, Karthik’s movement was away from the stumps, before he moves across them. Rubel slips in a full one on off. Dinesh has enough to ramp it well over short fine leg for another boundary. Is his middle name ‘Nonchalant’?
19.1(1 WD) SOUMYA SARKAR TO VIJAY SHANKAR
WIDE! Sarkar slips this down the leg side, Shankar misses the flick and comes down in search of a bye. Rahim has a shy at the stumps but misses. No extra run taken though.
19.1(0) SOUMYA SARKAR TO VIJAY SHANKAR
Swing and a miss, AGAIN! Full and outside off, Shankar has a wild go at that but misses.
19.2(1) SOUMYA SARKAR TO VIJAY SHANKAR
In India, everybody is a cricket expert, is not an understatement. Shankar pushes this straight to covers and sets off for a single. There was a throw to the bowler, who fails to collect that cleanly. The ball rolls away and Karthik wants another run. More than Shankar saying no, the people around here are screaming Karthik to take strike.
19.3(1) SOUMYA SARKAR TO DINESH KARTHIK
Very full outside off, squeezed through covers for one.
19.4(4) SOUMYA SARKAR TO VIJAY SHANKAR
FOUR! This is the result what Bangladesh didn’t want. It is hurled outside off, Shankar slices it past short third man for a boundary.
19.5(0) SOUMYA SARKAR TO VIJAY SHANKAR
OUT! Shankar’s forgettable first innings in international cricket comes to an end! Gets a full delivery on the stumps, he looks to go for the glory shot over the bowler’s head. Perhaps that’s the only option he felt he had. Ends up hitting it high in the air. Long on runs to his left and gets a hand to that. But the ball slips out of his hand and Hasan, who came there running to his right from long off, takes it. Excellent tag-team effort that.
19.6(6) SOUMYA SARKAR TO DINESH KARTHIK
SIX! UNBELIEVABLE STROKE, UNBELIEVABLE RESULT! INDIA WIN BY 4 WICKETS! This is bowled full outside off, Karthik moves a bit to the off side and smashes it over extra covers. Has made a meaty enough contact for the ball to sail all the way over the fence to send the crowd in a frenzy!
What a match! What an innings it was from Dinesh Karthik. India looked down and out till the moment he walked in and boy, has he played an innings of a lifetime or what. But spare a thought for Soumya Sarkar. He is inconsolable and down on his knees there. The entire Bangladesh unit goes to him to lift him up. Poor lad. Wonder if he was ever prepared to bowl the last over in a limited-overs game.
We hope Dinesh Karthik and Indian team will continue their form in next matches and IPL too and give us chances of joy.