Rohit hails Karthik's last ball brilliance

Carla Harmon
March 20, 2018

But in the final, against India, Bangladesh once again squandered a winning position, leaking 34 runs off the last two overs.

Shankar was super impressive with the ball and although he only picked up 3 wickets in five games, it was his control and economy rate which helped India dry up the runs in the middle overs.

Not wanting to "cry about" its heart-wrenching four-wicket defeat to India, in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 global (T20) tri-series, Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan, said that he would give the ball to Rubel Hossain again, despite the pacer going for 22 runs in the 19th over.

Allrounder Mehidy Hasan (unbeaten) hit 19 runs from 7 balls with two fours and a six.

"Most important thing he has is belief in himself". Whatever the situation, he's ready - whether he bats up the order or down the order. "They have done well in recent years, especially in sub continent conditions they are a very good team, and we are just focused on our routines that have been good for us so far", he said. I told him whatever skill you have, it will be required in the last three or four overs.

"We knew he would come out with his offcutters and Dinesh probably would have been a better choice at that point".

After spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (3/18) and Washington Sundar (1/20) took four wickets between them to leave their rivals reeling at 68/4 at one stage, Sabbir mixed caution with aggression to hit seven fours and four sixes before Jaydev Unadkat (2/33) took his wicket. "I will be careful", the all-rounder said. Not anyone can just take the pressure of bowling within the Powerplay.

The 26-year-old Commonwealth Games doubles gold medalist posted a photo of Karthik celebrating India's win at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Rohit hit his 14th T20 worldwide and with his dismissal in the 14th over, India needing 69 in 40 balls, in walked the main man, Karthik and what followed was a carnage of runs in Premdasa Stadium, Colombo. We won two matches and could have won another two. "I think in T20s we are slowly gaining that confidence as well", he added. But even if Rubel had gone for 15 an over, we could have handled it.

Karthik will now head to the IPL as the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders and this performance will give him great confidence moving ahead.

Given that India had just concluded an arduous tour of South Africa in January, it made sense for the national selectors to rest some of their stars and test their up-and-coming players.

"We didn't expect so many people to come for India vs Bangladesh final as there weren't too many people during our league phase game".

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