India survived late drama in a pulsating final to clinch the Twenty20 tri-series after Dinesh Karthik smashed the final ball for a six to secure their thrilling four-wicket victory against a gallant Bangladesh side on Sunday.
With India needing 34 runs off the last two overs, Karthik hammered 29 not out off just eight deliveries, his third six sealing India’s third, and the most hard-earned, victory over Bangladesh in the tournament.
Put into bat, Bangladesh made 166-8, a total they owe largely to number three batsman Sabbir Rahman who made 77 after their top order collapsed.
Chasing 167 to win, India lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and number three Suresh Raina early but skipper Rohit Sharma batted comfortably to score 56 and keep India’s chase on track.
Needing 12 runs off the last over from Soumya Sarkar, Shankar fell to the fifth delivery with India still five runs away.
Sabbir took the onus on himself to rescue Bangladesh and he got some support from Mahmudulla who made 21. Mehidy Hasan Miraz made 19 not out off seven balls to help Bangladesh cross the 150-mark.
Bangladesh: 166/8 in 20 overs (Tamim 15, Liton 11, Sabbir 77, Soumya 1, Mushfiqur 9, Miraz 19*, Rubel 0, Mustafizur 0*; Unadakat 2/33, Sundar 1/20, Chahal 3/18, Thakur 0/45, Shankar 0/48)
India: 168/6 in 20 overs (Rohit 56, Dhawan 10, Raina 0, Rahul 24, Pandey 28, Shankar 17, Karthik 29*, Sundar 0*; Shakib 1/28, Miraz 0/17, Rubel 2/35, Nazmul 1/32, Mustafizure 1/21, Soumya 1/33)
India won by 4 wickets