Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Manish guide India to victory
Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Manish guide India to victory
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Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Manish guide India to victory

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The spectacular knocks of India’s captain Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik’s blitzkrieg at 19th and 20th overs have guided India to a safe victory to clinch the Nidahas Trophy on Sunday evening at Premadasa Stadium at Colombo in Sri Lanka. Team India defeated Bangladesh by four wickets in the summit clash.

When India needed five runs to win, Dinesh Karthik drove the last ball to a sixer. In the 19th over blitzkrieg by Dinesh Karthik in Rubel’s over was the end of Bangladesh. Dinesh Karthik made 22 runs from the 19th over included two sixes, two boundaries and a double, that kept alive India's hope for a victory. Bangladeshi , owler Soumya’s last over was also crucial and Vijay Shankar handed over the platform for Dinesh Karthik by taking a single. From the last three balls, India needed nine runs to win. Then Vijay Shankar made a placing shot and it ended in a boundary. The next hook shot of Vijay Shankar ended up in a catch. Last ball, India needed four runs to win. Then Dinesh Karthik drove the Soumya’s leg ball to a sixer and Indian won the match.

Chasing 167 for win, India were off to a decent start, however, they lost a couple of wickets at just 32 runs. Despite regular blows, the India batters contributed with valuable scores to help their side achieve the target in the allotted overs. While stand-in skipper and opener Rohit Sharma made 56 off 42, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik contributed with 24, 28 and 29 runs, respectively, to help India bag the title. Earlier, put into bat after losing the toss, Bangladesh set a 167-run target against India.

Despite a slow start, it was Sabbir Rahman's 50-ball 77, which guided Bangladesh to a fighting total, as most of the batters failed to show a fight. For India, wrist spinner Yazuvendra Chahal was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/18, while Jaydev Unadkat bagged a couple of wickets, conceding 33 runs. When just completed a half-century Rohit Sharma bowed out by giving a catch, then Manish Pandey took the rein and continued India’s fight. The partnership he made with KL Rahul has become crucial for India’s victory. Shankar also chipped into some extent.

Rohit Shamra knocked another half century without giving much chances to the Bangladeshi players. Earlier, Indian spin attack could relegate Bangalesh batting to 166 runs. Opening batting line up of Bangladesh crashed in front of Indian spin attackers. Yuzvendra Chahal’s leg-spin and Washington Sundar’s off-spin have continuously delivered early pains to Bangladesh batsmen.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s sharp legspin attack has scalped the precious wikcets of M.Rahim, S Sarkar and T Iqbal. Washington Sundar’s off-spin takes the wicket of Liton Das. Mohammadullah met with a run out by Vijay Shankar. Now Bangladesh is struggling with 120/5 after 16 overs. The only Sabbir Rahman’s cool knocks on bat brings some head ache for Indian bowlers. Sabbir Rahman already gets his half-century and still batting.

Earlier, team India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl against Bangladesh in the summit clash. While the men in blue have made on change in their playing eleven, Bangladesh have kept their side unchanged. For India, pacer Jaydev Unadkat comes in place of Mohammed Siraj.

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