Dinesh Karthik’s match winning knock in Final of Nidahas Trophy ‘one of the best innings’, says Irfan Pathan

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Thursday labelled Dinesh Karthik’s 29-run knock in the final of the Nidahas Trophy as one of the best innings ever played by an Indian.

It was on March 18, 2018, when wicket-keeper batsman Karthik’s carnage helped India snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Reliving the moments, Dinesh Karthik shared a post from the final of the Nidahas Trophy and wrote: “A night to remember”.

To this tweet, Irfan Pathan replied: “One of the best inning by an Indian.”

India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the final match of the tournament as Karthik’s flat-six off the last ball of the match took the Rohit Sharma-led side home. In the final, Bangladesh had scored a challenging 166 in their allotted 20 overs. In response, Team India found themselves reeling at 98 for the loss of four wickets.

The wicket of Manish Pandey in the 18th over and Vijay Shankar’s sluggish innings only added to the pressure as the required run-rate increased. With 34 runs still needed of the last two overs, in walked Karthik and bludgeoned the Bangladesh bowling attack. The wicket-keeper batsman hammered the first three balls to the boundary as India scored 22 runs from the penultimate over.

On the last ball when Men in Blue needed five runs, Karthik smashed a flat six over extra cover to hand India a victory not many could imagine. His eight-ball knock included two fours and three sixes and he was adjudged Man of the Match.

Karthik will now be seen in action for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to commence from April 9. KKR failed to qualify for the playoffs last season and Karthik finished with 169 runs from 14 games. The cash-rich league will kick off with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) locking horns. KKR will square off against SunRisers Hyderabad in their first match of the tournament on April 11.


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