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Dinesh Karthik’s heroics send Twitter into a frenzy; Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah and Michael Vaughan heap praise

Prime Sports, International (Colombo), March 18:- Twitter went wild as Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six to help India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in Nidahas T20 tri-series final at Colombo on Sunday.

India were very much out of the contest when they needed 34 runs off the last two overs as most of the established batsmen were back in the dugout. However, Karthik had other ideas and smashed an 8-ball 29* to do what appeared impossible at one time.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar led congratulatory messages for the 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.

Karthik really batted like a man possessed. First, he took 22 runs off the Ruben Hossain over with shots of 6,4,6,0,2,4 to set it up nicely and then hit Soumya Sarkar for a six over the covers off the last ball of the match – with India needing five runs to win – to help the team stay unbeaten against Bangladesh in eight T20s. Watch how Karthik hit that six.

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, rested for the tri-series, was also unequivocal in his praise of the man from Tamil Nadu.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was another big cricketing name to speak favourably of Karthik’s heroics.

India’s stand-in captain for this tournament in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma contributed a 42-ball 56 in the chase but Karthik’s batting exceeded his effort in terms of importance and it was no surprise he was chosen Man of the Match. Sourav Ganguly, under whom Karthik made his ODI debut way back in 2004, was pleased as punch at his charge’s success. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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