They had completed a long tour of South Africa just 10 days before the start of the tournament with the Indian Premier League a little more than two weeks after the final. "It's an awesome feeling".
The Nidahas Trophy was held in celebration of Sri Lanka's 70th year of independence, and it was heartwarming to see the fans fill the stands for the final despite the hosts finishing at the bottom.
India, chasing 167, needed 34 off the last two overs when Karthik walked in to bat at the fall of Manish Pandey's wicket. "It was important for us to play some good cricket on the field", said the Bangladesh skipper. India competed for the trophy in the finals against Bangladesh, who defeated the Lankans twice. I was positioning myself on the crease according to what he would bowl.
The Sunday ended on a happy note for all the Indians, and we only hope that more of such brilliant, well-deserved victories follow for India.
However, Dinesh Karthik broke Bangladesh hearts as he smashed 29 from eight balls, including a six off the final delivery of the game, as India went on to win by four wickets and claim the trophy. "To do what he did today will give him a lot of confidence going forward", said Rohit. Whatever situation comes, he's ready - whether he bats up the order or down the order.
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The primary reason, due to which he never succeeded in doing so, was that he was always considered a backup option. They might have failed to clinch the much-sought maiden victory over India, Mushfiqur though Bangladesh is certainly improving with every passing tournament and has made good progress in the past few years. I must know how to react next time.
He said that Shankar has batted in that position in a list of games for his state teams, even when he was playing for Mumbai Indians with him.
With seven of the 15 top-ranked bowlers in T20s being wrist spinners, there were doubts on how off-spinner Sundar, only 18 and with just one T20 global under his belt, would fare in this series. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points. We congratulate Ravi Shastri and the entire team for this great achievement.
Especially the way he wanted the players to come off the field in the virtual semi-final showed that he was not willing to be taken lightly, and would not deal with any discrepancies in the field.
"What a game of cricket last night, Complete team performance!"
Mahmudullah managed to make a quickfire 21, while captain Shakib Al Hasan only made seven runs before he was run out by India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma. "I really wanted to be there when we win the game and I think Dinesh bhai played really well and it turned out to be a memorable series for me".