India on Sunday pulled off a sensational win against Bangladesh in the T20 tri-series held in Sri Lanka. "We have played some good cricket throughout this tournament and had we not won this final, wouldn't have done justice to the way we have played this tournament", Karthik, who smashed three sixes and two boundaries in his knock, said.
Skipper Rohit Sharma's (56 off 42 balls) dismissal set India's inexperienced middle-order in panic mode and Vijay Shankar's four dot balls off the 18th over by Mustafizur Rahaman made it very hard for India.
India started off on a steady note as openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (10) scored 32 runs in three overs but then Dhawan was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan.
But Karthik, who was sent in at No. 7, handled the pressure brilliantly to take India over the line.
Earlier, top-order batsman Sabbir Rahman dragged Bangladesh out of a hole with a well paced 50-ball 77 to help his team post a fighting 166/8. India needed 167 runs in 20 overs, when Rohit and Shikhar opened the innings.
When Sharma departed for 56 in the 14th over, India was well placed, needing 69 runs to win off 40 deliveries with six wickets in hand. Watch how Karthik hit that six.
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Mustafizur Rahman then bowled a masterly 18th over. He came down the track and heaved a back of a length ball between deep midwicket and long-on for two runs off Shankar.
Shardul, whose knuckle ball has been a hit was picked up by Sabbir in the next over for two cheeky boundaries.
Bangladesh Playing 11: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Islam.
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Skipper Rohit taking a gamble by introducing both spinners inside the Powerplay overs instead of using an effective part-timer like Suresh Raina when Thakur and Shankar were being hit, came as a surprise. "Everybody who came and got opportunities stepped in, they showed lot of character and these are high-pressure games and it isn't easy and we understand that", Rohit added. He dug into the clueless Bangladesh bowlers and raced into the 30s in no time.
Mahmudullah's run out brought an end to their patient association of 36 runs for the fifth wicket but Sabbir lived up to his reputation of a promising young player by smacking Shankar for two sixes in the 17th over and Sundar for one in the previous over.