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India vs Bangladesh - Final

Series: India and Bangladesh in Sri Lanka T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 18 March 2018

India 168/6 (20 Ovs) RR: 8.40 | India won by 4 wkts

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So how's your heartbeat now? Mine was racing at the speed of a F1 car. Having written all that needs to be written, there's one final thing to do before wrapping up. As Harsha Bhogle so rightly tweeted, tonight's innings should be the second coming of DK. No. 4, 5, 6 or whichever spot in ODIs and T20Is should be stamped and sealed for the foreseeable future. He deserves it for the amount of talent he has. As far as Bangladesh are concerned - they can hold their heads high and try again. Shakib's hope may and hopefully for their sake should be realised someday. But that's for later. We are done for now. On that note it has been Srivathsa who has single-handedly - like DK - brought the action from here for everyone out there. I'm off to rest and recuperate from all the madness witnessed at the Premadasa. Do remember to read up everything that has been served up here and will be from Shirshendu and others. Until next time, it's goodbye from me. Be well and stay safe!

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As you recover, here are some stats to help you through -

* Most successive wins in T20Is against an opponent:
9 Pak v Zim (2008-15)
8 Ind v Ban (2009-18)*
7 Pak v Ban (2007-14)
7 NZ v Ban (2010-17)
7 Ind v Aus (2013-17)
7 Afg v Zim (2015-18)*
7 Ind v SL (2016-18)

* Hitting a six off the last ball to win a T20I:
C Kapugedara v Ind, Gros Islet, 2010
E Morgan v Ind, Wankhede, 2012
Z Babar v WI, Kingstown, 2013
V Sibanda v Net, Sylhet, 2014
DINESH KARTHIK v Ban, PUNE, 2018 *

* India winning a T20I off the last ball:
vs Aus, SCG, 2016 (Tar: 198)
vs Ban, Colombo PUNE, 2018 (Tar: 167)

* Teenagers winning Man of the Series awards in T20Is:
Rashid Khan
Shadab Khan
Washington Sundar *

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Rohit gets the Nidahas Trophy and he will soon be surrounded by his team for the photos. The Indian team is all smiles - why wouldn't they be? The tri-color is flying high. Lots more to come from us. Do stay tuned and read up on everything that's served for you.

Rohit: "Brilliant for the crowd who came out in numbers, on behalf of my team, would want to thank the Sri Lankan crowd for coming out and supporting the way they did. Great tournament for us. Young bunch of lads - lot of learning, we always knew they had lot of talent; it was just about coming here and executing. This tournament win will give them lot of confidence going forward whenever they play for India and wherever they play. 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. Quite easy to lead them, played with most of them. Lots of work has been done off the field in terms of planning, strategy and things like that. It was about executing them and they did it perfectly. Batters also stepped up whenever needed. The way we finished off was perfect and very happy to see Dinesh doing what he did. He didn't get much of game time, the way he came out and showed character was very very crucial for us. That was the reason I held Dinesh back, I have seen him play over the years and his experience matters a lot. When it doesn't come off, the captain never looks good. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We always had faith when we went into the dressing room after the first innings. The target I wouldn't say was a very high score or a very low score, it was a par score and with the kind of batting we have, we always had confidence to go and chase the target."

Sundar: "Definitely it means a lot. Such a reward at such a young age means very much. I really need to thank my family for this. This goes for them. When you are playing for your country, you should be ready to face any challenges. I really enjoyed bowling over here, this ground has always been amazing to me. I have always wanted to read the batsmen's mind and that's what I have been trying to do in these five games, most of the balls I won - that's a good feeling. I wanted to be there when we win the game, Dinesh bhai played really well and it turned out to be a memorable tournament for me."

Washington Sundar is the Man of the Series. While DK was named Man of the Match

Shakib: " You can't ask more in a final like this. There was everything in it, I thought we played superbly. Anybody could've won the game but credit to India, they held their nerves, especially Dinesh Karthik for the way he played. We wanted our best bowlers to bowl those two overs [talking about the 18th and 19th overs], even if Rubel would have gone for 15 runs, we would've had 20 to play with but that didn't happen. He didn't miss his length by much but credit to Dinesh Karthik, coming into the wicket and hitting first ball for six is not an easy thing to do. We knew it would be tough to defend, in the dressing room we had a very good feeling. Everyone tried their best, I can't expect more than that. In the end we are on the losing side, so it hurts but we can learn so much from this. It was pre-planned who we want to bowl. It is such a close game, you can say so many things. Hopefully we can work out from here and someday we can be on the winning side."

Shakib is roundly booed as he walks up to have a chat. And it isn't stopping even when he is talking. The Sri Lankans completely against Bangladesh after all that which happened between the two sides in the last game. Not on according to me

Karthik: "Really happy to come out of this performance, really happy for the team - young bunch of boys. 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. I realised that it wasn't that easy to bat, the way Mustafizur bowled that over, all I needed to do was to go for boundaries as soon as I went in. Touchwood some of the balls landed in a good place for me to hit a shot. I have been practising this - where I hold a good base and swing through the line well and it came off well today. I have been saying this over and over again; the Indian team right now is a tough place to get an opportunity but once you get it - you got to make best use of the opportunity. Credit to the backroom staff - they have always given me the confidence and I'm happy where I'm."

Shardul Thakur: "Yeah, I was (in next). We were holding hands and praying in the dugout, let DK hit for a four or a six. He has been in incredible form, in the nets too. I haven't tried the knuckle ball against him in the nets but he'll hit it too, given how he's batting. I'm very confident now. I have been practising it for the last two years and I have bowled it at the high level, in coming matches I will be confident when I'm bowling the knuckle ball."

Yuzvendra Chahal: "Today the wicket was a bit dry, so I just varied my pace. Always works in the powerplay. I'm used to bowling it, in the T20 League and with the Indian outfit. I ate through all my nails."

Manish Pandey: "When I got out, I thought somebody has to get the runs. DK has done that in the past. He can get that quick 20 runs and we had the belief in him. And my god he did. They bowled well in the middle overs. Rohit was set and somebody had to go for the big hits. It was my job and I did that."

Having said what needs to be said, one has to feel for the Bangladeshis and especially Soumya Sarkar. They fought till the last ball and were ahead at the end of the 18th over. This defeat will rankle them even more - along with that infamous night at Bangalore in the T20 WC. These two defeats will take all the stuffing out of the cricket-crazy country. Heartbreak twice and both times losing from near-improbable winning situations will test their resolve, nerve and mettle. They just can't seem to beat India in T20Is - tonight seemed to be their chance until DK turned up. There are sideline interviews which are up now. Do wait for the presentation which should begin anytime now...

Coming to the chase - Rohit Sharma was the one who looked like taking India home, but four overs in the middle when not a boundary was hit, hammered the pressure on him and he succumbed. Vijay Shankar was sent ahead of DK - a move which would've been roundly criticised had India lost, even if they hadn't got across the line off the last ball - because of how well DK hit Rubel in the penultimate over. But that's all history now. And Vijay must be one happy and relieved man.

But DK has had a rebirth of sorts in recent times and crowned himself in all glory with that six off the last ball. He had given a hint of what he could do in the last game, but tonight was the coup de grace. His career has seen many ups and downs, worthy enough to be made into a movie or a story waiting to be written. But nothing can eclipse what he has done here at the Premadasa tonight. Had India lost, all the blame would've been laid on the youngster - Vijay Shankar but his statemate and senior has ensured that his innings will be forgotten in a hurry.

22:45 Local Time, 17:15 GMT, 22:45 IST: Trust me - this has been as good a match as I have ever covered in my near 10-year career in this business. And certainly one of the most unforgettable and unbelievable finishes that I have had the privilege of calling. The game looked gone when Rubel had the ball at the start of the 19th over. Enter a man called Dinesh Karthik. Single-handedly took India to the trophy with a nerveless display that would rival, match and even outdo his great competitor MSD's many such chases - who kept him out of the Indian team for so long.

Hitting a six off the last ball to win a T20I:
C Kapugedara v IND, Gros Islet, 2010
E Morgan v IND, Wankhede, 2012
Z Babar v WI, Kingstown, 2013
V Sibanda v NED, Sylhet, 2014
DINESH KARTHIK v BAN, PUNE, 2018 *

19.6
6
Soumya Sarkar to Karthik, SIX, DK! He has done it. And he outdoes MSD! In staying cool. The Indians are piling on him. Let him breathe lads. There's kisses, cuddling, hugs and what not for DK. Look at Soumya Sarkar, he is in tears and is inconsolable. A couple of Bangladeshis in the dugout are in tears as well. DK has won the Nidahas Trophy single-handedly. How cool was DK though! A flat six over extra cover. Skimmed over the rope. Just. But this game is about margins. Inches will do. Soumya Sarkar who had done really well till then, suddenly lost the plot and served up an overpitched delivery outside off, DK crashed that lofted drive and this shot will be etched in every Indian's memory - maybe on par with MSD's loft off Kulasekara on that magical Mumbai night on 2nd April 2011. That gave India the WC. This Sri Lanka's Independence Trophy. Unbelievable end to a near unbelievable game. What more can I say?

Washington Sundar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.5
0
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, out Caught by Mehidy Hasan!! My word. I'm out of words actually. Rebound taken by long-off. What a moment in the game. Lofted the slower delivery straight up, both the fielders almost collided, there was a slight contact between the two, where the shoulders brushed, that's why the catch popped out - but Mehidy who was nearby hung on. A wicket and a dot - but it is DK who is on strike next ball - some consolation for India. Vijay Shankar c Mehidy Hasan b Soumya Sarkar 17(19) [4s-3]

Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.4
4
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, FOUR, Vijay Shankar gets four. India needed that. Very full around off, Vijay Shankar opens the face of the bat at the last moment and directs it between backward point and short third. It rolls away to the fence. This is getting unbearable now

There's drinks out there for the Bangladeshis. A slight break in play. Can't understand the subs in their yellow bibs bringing the drinks out when there's so much tension, could be a strategical thing to slow down the game, but the umpires need to step in and they do so. Rightly too

19.3
1
Soumya Sarkar to Karthik, 1 run, yorker length on off, dug out to sweeper cover, superb ball
19.2
1
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, driven hard to extra cover, direct hit and Vijay Shankar would've been out. There's a ricochet off the bowler's hand, Vijay Shankar sends Karthik back, who wanted two

Rohit can't bear to watch

19.1
0
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, no run, half-volley outside off, the right length to hit it for six, but Vijay Shankar is under extreme pressure, swings and misses. They can't take a bye as well. Dot and the pressure on the youngster
19.1
1
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, wide, had Rahim hit, Vijay Shankar would've been out. But called wide. Rightly so. Low full-toss slipping down leg, Vijay Shankar didn't get a tickle. This is manic

Soumya Sarkar [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

18.6
4
Rubel to Karthik, FOUR, amazing from DK. What batting. Under pressure. With his place not assured when some of the big guns return. But he has the nerve tonight. Is he Steve Waugh in disguise? Shuffles across and almost sits under this delivery to scoop it over short fine's head. Almost a six, one bounce over the ropes. Rubel who has bowled so well in the tournament, has gone for 22 in the penultimate over
18.5
2
Rubel to Karthik, 2 runs, Karthik comes down the track and flat-bats the length delivery wide of Rubel, Vijay Shankar races to the other end, they make it across for two. DK on strike and that's what India want
18.4
0
Rubel to Karthik, no run, Rahim appeals for a caught behind, then calms down. Slower delivery outside off, Karthik cuts and misses, wanted to hit it too hard, missed. Good change up from Rubel

Rubel, Shakib and Mahmudullah in a confab

18.3
6
Rubel to Karthik, SIX, he is playing the innings of his life. Six over deep mid now. The Indians are going mental as do the Sri Lankans. The dugout is up and clapping. What drama. What tension. Length ball angling in, on middle, slogged with power and timing into the deep mid fence, just sat back and didn't hold back. Just six, but will do
18.2
4
Rubel to Karthik, FOUR, the crowd have got their voice back. This was tailing in late, but Karthik somehow slugged it after having got under it, long-on was beaten by the pace and bounce off the deck, it just skipped past his right-hand, goes away for four. DK has 10 off 2
18.1
6
Rubel to Karthik, SIX, DK! What a blow. First ball and he has launched it for a biggie. Low full-toss, low backlift from Karthik as Rubel missed the yorker, incredible power from DK to lift it flat over long-on's head. The start India needed

Rubel Hossain [3.0-0-13-2] is back into the attack

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.6
0
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, out Caught by Sabbir Rahman!! Slogged and caught at long-on. Right off the toe end of the bat. Slower delivery on off, Manish Pandey was waiting on the back foot to launch, he hasn't found his timing at all tonight. Holes out. Just a legbye and the wicket off the over. Incredible stuff from the Fizz. Manish Pandey c Sabbir Rahman b Mustafizur 28(27) [4s-3]

Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.5
1
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, leg byes, 1 run, quick short of length delivery, Vijay Shankar got inside the line to help it, off the thigh pad and the ball just rolls wide of the stumps. They take a legbye

Manish Pandey goes up to the frustrated young man and attempts to give him some advice

17.4
0
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, no run, wow. Wow. What bowling from Mustafizur. Vijay Shankar thumps the bat hard into the pad. He clearly is under pressure. Action replay of the previous delivery. Nothing going right for the youngster, he drives and misses
17.3
0
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, no run, superb bowling. Three dots in a row. Vijay Shankar made it difficult for himself by shuffling across, Mustafizur just followed him with an off-pace delivery, going across, Vijay Shankar drives and misses. Looks at the umpire for a wide, but his movement costs him

Manish Pandey goes up to Vijay Shankar to have a word

17.2
0
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, no run, beaten again. Beautiful bowling. Another cutter, again angling it across Vijay Shankar, who clearly doesn't seem to pick it out of the hand. This is shorter than the previous delivery. Manish Pandey at the other end is itching to get the strike

Shakib comes up to Mustafizur and has a word or two

17.1
0
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, no run, Mustafizur angles one across Vijay Shankar and beats him. Good start by Bangladesh. The cutter doing the trick, pitches and goes past the slog

"Mini-conference between Shakib, Rahim and Mahmudullah," Shirshendu spots. "One for Rubel, one for Mustafizur, surely the discussion is around who will bowl the other over?"

16.6
0
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, no run, has Manish Pandey got in? Yes he has. Third ump again into the action. Driven back to the bowler, who shied back at Manish Pandey's end, just got the bat down in the nick of time. More importantly it is a dot as far as Bangladesh are concerned
16.5
1
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, had Soumya Sarkar's flick hit, Vijay Shankar would've been gone. Manic action all around. Yorker dug out to the right of Soumya Sarkar, who does exceptionally well to get across, slide and then attempt the flick even as Vijay Shankar had given up
16.4
4
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, FOUR, Vijay Shankar finds the gap, wide of the diving deep mid. Soumya Sarkar after aiming at the blockhole all over, goes for the slower delivery, it is outside off and the right length to slog, Shankar gets a crucial boundary
16.3
1
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, 1 run, very full on off, smashed straight to the fielder at long-on. Couldn't get under that
16.2
2
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, yorker length on off, dug out to sweeper cover and Manish Pandey's long reach enables him to make it. The throw was a bit wide of Rahim, he had to get the ball back to the stumps, that's the reason Pandey made it in. He is panting after getting there. Third ump was called for and he made the decision
16.1
1
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, full on off, lofted with no great timing, bounces through to long-off
15.6
0
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, no run, Mustafizur comes back superbly. A slower delivery outside off, Manish Pandey slogs to leg and misses. Rahim thinks there's an edge, but the ball missed the bat
15.5
4
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, FOUR, Manish Pandey gets the four. Low full-toss outside off, Manish sliced it wide and over backward point's head. Splits third man and sweeper cover to perfection. Deft touch as well, reached out to play and connected well
15.4
1
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, leg byes, 1 run, well bowled Fizz. Dug the shortish delivery into the pitch, but took the pace off it, Vijay Shankar was through the pull way too early. Completely done in, off the body and they take a legbye
15.3
0
Mustafizur to Vijay Shankar, no run, off-cutter, no pace, slanted across Vijay Shankar, who drives and misses. He wanted to go over cover, but didn't connect
15.2
1
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, 1 run, slanted across Manish Pandey, on a length, he biffs it to long-on
15.1
2
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, 2 runs, slashed to deep backward point, it bounced in front of Nazmul and that made it a difficult stop. On top of that he was under pressure by the screaming of Rahim, they take two and the keeper shows his displeasure known to the left-arm spinner by shouting. He wanted just one out of that

Mustafizur Rahman [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

14.6
0
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, no run, good finish. Yorker at the base of off, dug out. Well bowled
14.5
1
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, 1 run, slower delivery, off-cutter, Manish Pandey gets a thick edge to short third
14.4
4
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, FOUR, gets four more. This over is proving to be costly. Down the track and slugs the length ball hard and straight down the ground, too much timing and power on the shot, long-on gets across but the ball beats him
14.3
4
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, FOUR, another boundary. But it has come off a thick outside edge, Manish Pandey and India won't mind, flies over short third's head. Manish threw everything at the full and wide delivery outside off
14.2
1
Soumya Sarkar to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, another slower delivery, sits up for Vijay Shankar, who pulls to deep backward square leg, but just a single
14.1
1
Soumya Sarkar to Manish Pandey, 1 run, slower delivery on the pads, glanced to short fine, Vijay Shankar rushes to the other end to complete the single

Soumya Sarkar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

13.6
0
Nazmul Islam to Vijay Shankar, no run, very full on off, dug out to cover
13.5
4
Nazmul Islam to Vijay Shankar, FOUR, Vijay Shankar breaks the shackles and releases the pressure valve with a boundary. Sweep-pull to a length delivery on middle, right in between deep square and deep mid. Much needed for the Indians
13.4
1
Nazmul Islam to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Manish Pandey makes room and lofts this off the middle of the bat, but straight to the fielder at long-off, on the bounce
13.3
1
Nazmul Islam to Vijay Shankar, 1 run, Vijay Shankar is off the mark with a back foot punch to long-on

Vijay Shankar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.2
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, out Caught by Mahmudullah!! Is that the game? Is that the Nidahas Trophy? Could well be. Cacophony out there - the Bangladeshis going wild, shouting, screaming with Nazmul Islam doing the "Naagin dance". They feel Rohit is the big fish. The pressure was building and Rohit had to go for the big hit. Got under a full ball, but didn't have the room to free his arms, sliced it straight to the fielder at long-on. Easy for Mahmudullah. Pressure catch but he never looked like dropping it. Rohit c Mahmudullah b Nazmul Islam 56(42) [4s-4 6s-3]

Nazmul Islam to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.1
1
Nazmul Islam to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed up and Manish Pandey on the charge drives to long-on

Only 16 runs have come in the last 4 overs. No boundary too. Pressure on Manish Pandey and India. Rohit on his own can't do it I feel

12.6
1
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, 1 run, Liton Das and he misses from extra cover. Even the very quick Manish Pandey wouldn't have made it. He punched this to the fielder, good bounce as well, but no direct hit and Pandey will survive
12.5
0
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, no run, another mistimed hit. Cutting short ball, into the pitch, Manish Pandey drags it to short fine off the bottom edge
12.4
1
Mustafizur to Rohit, 1 run, short of length on off, punched to the left of extra-cover for a run
12.3
1
Mustafizur to Manish Pandey, 1 run, Manish Pandey hasn't found his timing as yet. Is lucky that he miscued this, on the bounce to long-on
12.2
1
Mustafizur to Rohit, 1 run, good bowling by Mustafizur, followed Rohit as he gave him the charge, punched to sweeper cover
12.1
2
Mustafizur to Rohit, 2 runs, slower delivery from round the wicket, on off, Rohit drives in the air, but wide of extra cover. Long-off prevents the boundary

Mustafizur Rahman [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, 1 run, Rohit comes down the track and smashes this right through Nazmul Islam's hands, who took some pace off the shot, that would've stung him for sure, keeps it to a single
11.5
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, no run, very full, in the blockhole, dug out to cover
11.4
1
Nazmul Islam to Manish Pandey, 1 run, fired in outside off, Manish Pandey lofts to long-off, bounces to the fielder
11.3
1
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, 1 run, full on the pads, on-driven to long-on

Rohit pulls away just before Nazmul Islam could deliver. Not sure what the reason was. Maybe a fielder was being changed

11.2
1
Nazmul Islam to Manish Pandey, 1 run, uses his feet does Manish Pandey, the bat flows through the line as he finds long-off

Rohit is the second captain to score a fifty in a T20I final after Kumar Sangakkara's 64* in the 2009 T20 WC final

11.1
1
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, 1 run, 50 for Rohit. Just a raise of the bat and back to work. On the back foot and works it through mid-wicket

Nazmul Islam [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

India need Rohit to stay right till the end. This isn't going to be an easy chase

10.6
0
Shakib to Manish Pandey, no run, make that four! And what an over it has been. Dragged it down, flat outside off, Manish Pandey went for too much power on the cut, off the thick inside edge and to the fielder at mid-wicket

Three dots in a row. Pressure building!

10.5
0
Shakib to Manish Pandey, no run, bit quicker, on middle, turned straight to the fielder at mid-wicket
10.4
0
Shakib to Manish Pandey, no run, slows it up and pulls the length back, Manish Pandey on the charge can only find Shakib
10.3
0
Shakib to Manish Pandey, no run, nicely tossed up on off, Manish Pandey gets forward and pushes it watchfully to cover
10.2
1
Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, cuts late and to the right of backward point, easy single
10.1
1
Shakib to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Manish Pandey gets forward and drives to sweeper cover for a single

Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack

9.6
1
Rubel to Manish Pandey, 1 run, back of a length on the hips, nudged to deep square leg, they wanted two initially but settle for one as the fielder gets in quickly from the deep
9.5
0
Rubel to Manish Pandey, no run, fuller than a good length, at good pace, Manish Pandey defends half-forward to cover
9.4
0
Rubel to Manish Pandey, no run, skiddy short of length delivery outside off, Manish Pandey mistimes the pull to mid-on. Hurried onto the bat

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease

9.3
0
Rubel to Rahul, out Caught by Sabbir Rahman!! Short ball does it for Rubel and he is pumped. Rahul cannot control the pull as the bounce gets big on him and the top edge lands safely at deep square leg in one of Bangladesh's safest fielders' hands. Rahul c Sabbir Rahman b Rubel 24(14) [4s-2 6s-1]

Rubel to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.2
1
Rubel to Rohit, 1 run, short of length on off, Rohit steers it to the right of backward point. The run counter is ticked along
9.1
1
Rubel to Rahul, 1 run, short of length outside off, dabbed down to third man

Indians and Sri Lankans in the crowd now doing the "Naagin dance" Even SMG on air does it. It has become a fad all thanks to Rahim. The crowd go wild on seeing the great man do it as it is relayed on the big screen

8.6
1
Nazmul Islam to Rahul, 1 run, keeps the strike with a single to long-on. Played off the back foot as the length was short
8.6
1
Nazmul Islam to Rahul, wide, Rahul is disappointed that he has missed out. Fired down leg, he cannot lay bat on the paddle
8.5
4
Nazmul Islam to Rahul, FOUR, superb use of the crease. Not short, just a smidgen, if you can be ultra-critical, but Rahul was on the back foot in a flash, cut it late and beat two men - backward point to his right and sweeper easily to his left

Rahim shouts "coming here, coming here" "one more boys"

8.4
1
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, 1 run, reads it off the pitch, bunts it to long-on off the back foot
8.3
1
Nazmul Islam to Rahul, 1 run, right in between cover running back and sweeper coming in. KL survives. He charged the bowler and was beaten in flight, he too like Dhawan tries to go across the line, the leading edge falls safely
8.2
1
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, 1 run, full on off, wristed to long-on
8.1
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, no run, tossed up on middle, forward and pushed to short cover

Nazmul Islam [1.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

7.6
1
Rubel to Rohit, 1 run, shortish outside off, Rohit slashes hard and in the air, wide of backward point, third man gets the body behind the ball and keeps the duo to just one
7.5
0
Rubel to Rohit, no run, lazy waft from Rohit. Length delivery outside off, he wanted to deflect it to third man. Missed. So easily could've edged it
7.4
1
Rubel to Rahul, 1 run, Mehidy again and he misses! From backward point even as Rohit had given up. Pushed off the front foot to the right of Mehidy who did really well to come up with the ball as he got up, had time to line it up, but misses. Huge huge moment in the game
7.3
2
Rubel to Rahul, 2 runs, nice back foot punch with an open bat face, wide of the diving backward point fielder, third man gets across to cut off the boundary, Rahul used the depth of the crease to good effect there
7.2
1
Rubel to Rohit, 1 run, misfield from Liton Das at cover and that won't please the bowler. Straightforward stop and he fumbles to let Rohit get off strike
7.1
0
Rubel to Rohit, no run, went for the attempted yorker, turned out to be a low full-toss, clipped to mid-wicket inside the ring. Swung in the air
6.6
1
Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, shortish on off, Rohit easily punches it to long-on
6.5
0
Shakib to Rohit, no run, that gripped off the pitch, nearly squared Rohit up on the back foot, but didn't turn square to cause problems, Rohit defends to backward point
6.4
2
Shakib to Rohit, 2 runs, floated up outside off, too much air, attempting to lure Rohit into the big hit, instead the Mumbaikar square-drives with elan behind backward point for two more. Hit all along the ground
6.3
1
Shakib to Rahul, 1 run, uses his feet and gets a thick inside edge on the forward defence, but short fine is deep, so they take a single
6.2
6
Shakib to Rahul, SIX, too short, second time that Shakib has gone for a six against the short ball, Rahul rocks back and thumps a flat six over deep mid. That skimmed over the fielder's head
6.1
1
Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, slower and shortish outside off, Rohit punches off the back foot to long-on

Shakib Al Hasan [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

5.6
1
Mustafizur to Rohit, 1 run, short of length into the hips, turned through mid-wicket for a run

Even the legendary Athar Ali Khan is wowing about Rohit's batting on air tonight

5.5
0
Mustafizur to Rohit, no run, another free-flowing drive but finds cover. Such timing from Rohit
5.4
2
Mustafizur to Rohit, 2 runs, leans and drives this overpitched delivery outside off gloriously through the covers. Easy two by the time sweeper gets across
5.3
0
Mustafizur to Rohit, no run, direct hit from the sub Ariful Haque would've been interesting? No. The throw is well wide and Rohit dives back in. He dabbed this to the left of short third, wanted a quick single but Rahul sent him back in time
5.2
4
Mustafizur to Rohit, FOUR, finesse. We saw that from Mahmudullah earlier on, this shot is even better. More classier. Width outside off, Rohit opens the face of the bat and steers it right between backward point and short third. Mehidy dived but to no avail

Mustafizur and Shakib have a chat

5.1
1
Mustafizur to Rahul, 1 run, short of length and angling in from round the wicket, Rahul defends with soft hands in front of backward point, Rohit gets across for the quick single

Mustafizur Rahman, comes into the attack

4.6
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, no run, sliding down, nudged behind square
4.5
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, no run, tossed up outside off, driven straight to the fielder at extra-cover

7000 runs by Rohit Sharma in T20 cricket

4.4
6
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, SIX, that is big. Nazmul Islam watches the ball fly over long-off. Stayed back, launched the tossed up delivery on off for a big six. Remember these aren't small boundaries here at the Premadasa
4.3
4
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, FOUR, one ball from Nazmul Islam is enough for Rohit even as the crowd chant his name. Even the Sri Lankans rooting for him. Not a surprise. Coming back to the shot, he used his feet and then made room slightly to open his body up, ensured he got it over mid-off inside the ring
4.2
0
Nazmul Islam to Rohit, no run, hint of turn, from a fuller length, Rohit defends watchfully to backward point
4.1
1
Nazmul Islam to Rahul, 1 run, uses his feet, gets too close to the pitch of the ball, but squeezes it out to mid-on. Quick single completed

Nazmul Islam, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

3.6
1
Rubel to Rahul, 1 run, short of length and angling in, worked away through mid-wicket, there was confusion between the duo, but no harm done in the end
3.5
4
Rubel to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul is off the mark in superb fashion. Sees the short and wide delivery outside off, carves it off the back foot, a slashing cut and nearly all the way, one bounce over the ropes at sweeper cover. Too much width and KL latched on
3.4
0
Rubel to Rahul, no run, pacy short of length delivery on off, calmly defended back down the track. Bang on the money is Rubel

Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.3
0
Rubel to Raina, out Caught by Rahim!! Rahim is confident, so confident that he has taken the review. Called a wide. But he convinces Shakib and they take it. Looks to be a bottom edge. UltraEdge confirms the same. Raina goes for a blob. Big wicket. Full marks to Rahim for spotting the tiny edge. Raina looked to flamingo-pull that, with one leg off the ground but could only feather a snick behind. Rahim dived to his right to grab that and when the umpire didn't give it out, was perplexed. Bangladesh hit back with two quick wickets. Raina c Rahim b Rubel 0(3)

Rubel to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.2
0
Rubel to Raina, no run, beaten for pace. Right through Raina as he advanced and swung, Rubel followed Raina and the ball goes past the inside edge

Wide slip and leg-slip in for Raina

3.1
0
Rubel to Raina, no run, short of length on the pads, Raina tucks it to mid-wicket

Rubel Hossain, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
0
Shakib to Rohit, no run, tossed up outside off, driven straight to the fielder at extra-cover. Didn't hit the gap
2.5
0
Shakib to Rohit, no run, short and wide outside off, Rohit cuts straight to the fielder at cover-point, there's a fumble, runs, but sent back in time by Raina

Suresh Raina in T20 finals: 12 matches, 9 innings, 367 runs, average 61.16, SR 159.56

Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease

2.4
0
Shakib to Dhawan, out Caught by (sub)A Haque!! Leading edge and taken. Bangladesh needed that. Beaten in flight was Dhawan as he advanced, but decided to go through the shot, problem was he was looking to go across the line, leading edge is smartly held at mid-off by the sub running to his right and tumbling to take it. Dhawan c (sub)A Haque b Shakib 10(7) [6s-1]

Shakib to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.3
1
Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, sliding on, into the pads, worked away behind square
2.2
1
Shakib to Dhawan, 1 run, wrists it to mid-on to take the single
2.1
6
Shakib to Dhawan, SIX, now Dhawan gets into the act. Rank long hop, Dhawan murders the pull off the back foot, was waiting for it on the back foot and over deep square leg, India off to a flier
1.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Rohit, no run, faster and sliding straight on, pushed back watchfully to the bowler
1.5
6
Mehidy Hasan to Rohit, SIX, that is a monster. Rohit is in the mood today. Just the look on his face says it all. He is determined as ever. Uses his feet and lofts the tossed up delivery over wide long-on. The bowler and the fielders could just see the trajectory of the ball as it sailed over their heads
1.4
4
Mehidy Hasan to Rohit, FOUR, predictably the length is shortened, Rohit is an experienced campaigner, sits back and pulls hard and wide of the diving backward square fielder inside the ring. 10 off 2
1.3
6
Mehidy Hasan to Rohit, SIX, tonked over cow corner. Sees the flight on that, doesn't hold back, biffs it with all power and off she goes
1.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Dhawan, 1 run, good bowling. Dhawan had to adjust his shot, wide of the crease and angled in, Dhawan was looking for the sweep, but it skidded on, Dhawan works it in front of him and off they go
1.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Dhawan, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, on off, Dhawan pushes it to cover-point and wants a quick single, nothing doing from Rohit

Mehidy Hasan, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Shakib to Rohit, no run, fired in full, around off, driven straight to the fielder at extra-cover
0.5
1
Shakib to Dhawan, 1 run, brilliant running between the wickets from both batsmen, Dhawan used his feet and nudged it to short fine, Rohit was backing up a long way and made it easily
0.4
1
Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, hurries off the pitch, Rohit works it off the back foot through mid-wicket
0.3
4
Shakib to Rohit, FOUR, Rohit is off the mark in grand style. Down the track and lofts cleanly over mid-on. Got to the pitch and didn't hold back
0.2
0
Shakib to Rohit, no run, slower and tossed up on off, Rohit's feet didn't move as he stood beside the line of the ball, inside edge onto the pad and it dribbles away
0.1
1
Shakib to Dhawan, 1 run, Rahim shouts encouraging words to Shakib as Dhawan flicks uppishly from middle through mid-wicket. May have been the seam-up ball first up for it swung in

Dhawan and Rohit are at the crease. Dhawan is on strike. Shakib will open the attack