New Delhi: Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik emulated Javed Miandad with a last-ball six as India pulled off an incredible chase beating Bangladesh by four wickets in the Nidahas T20 Tri-series final, on Sunday. Also Read - On This Day: Rohit Sharma's Masterclass Against Bangladesh in 2019 WC
Needing five off the final delivery, Karthik smashed Soumya Sarkar over 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. It would count as one of India’s famous last ball sixes — something that Pakistani legend did against India 32 years back in Sharjah. Also Read - Dinesh Karthik Wants to Win IPL Trophy For 'Cyclone-ravaged' Kolkata, Says That's The Lead we Can Do For The State
Karthik’s gem of a cameo got him 29 off 8 balls with two boundaries and three sixes. Also Read - Kane Williamson, Dinesh Karthik in Awe of 'Special Individual' MS Dhoni, Heaps Praise on Former India Captain
Here’s the video of Karthik’s last ball six:
Chasing down the target of 167, India were in control as they reached 132/4 after 17 overs. However, Bangladesh’s pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman had a different plan for the Men in Blue as he bowled a terrific 18th over, in which he conceded just a leg bye to the under-pressure rookie Vijay Shankar and sent back Manish Pandey off the last ball.
The match then seemed to be in favour of Bangladesh as India required 34 off two overs when Karthik came in to bat. However, the 32-year old was not ready to give up until the last ball and he displayed immense coolness to smash Rubel Hossain for two sixes and two boundaries to score 22 runs in the game-changing 19th over.
The work was not yet done with India needing 12 in the final over and with Shankar on strike in his first International innings.
With Bangladesh running out of options, Soumya Sarkar was given the responsibility to bowl the important final over and he started with a wide and a dot ball, before Shankar took a single. Karthik could manage just one in the next ball which left the equation at nine from three balls. Shankar, who was back on strike, hit a four before mistiming a lofted shot down the ground and falling on the second last delivery.
With India requiring 5 on 1 ball, all eyes were on Karthik and he didn’t disappoint as he took India home in style by hitting a flat six over extra cover, the shot which will be etched in every Indian’s memory.