64602416: Well, that’s not a landline number or a Pin Code. It’s Dinesh Karthik‘s magical eight-ball innings that helped India win the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh. Karthik scored 8-ball 29* in the last two overs of the chase to help India script a memorable win. (Also read: Rohit Sharma praises Dinesh Karthik for last-ball six effort in title win)
Cricwizz analyses how it all happened as Dinesh Karthik stormed into cricket history as the architect of a brilliant cameo to steer his team to a memorable win.
Target: 34 runs off 12 balls.
Bowler: Rubel Hossain. Before this over, Hossain has just conceded 13 runs off his two overs for two wickets.
18.1 overs: Dinesh is standing a step ahead of the crease. Hossain bowls a low full toss. Karthik goes under the ball and slams it for a huge six over long on.
Target 28 off 11 balls:
18.2 overs: Another attempted yorker from Hossain goes wrong. Karthik has foresighted it, makes room, heaves it to the right of long on for a four. No chance for the fielder.
Target 24 off 10 balls:
18.3 overs: Karthik does a Mahmudullah. A leg-side delivery and Karthik flicks it over square leg boundary for a maximum.
Target 18 off 9 balls:
18.4 overs: A dot ball. Hossain bowls a slower one outside off. Karthik misses it. Bangladesh keeper Mushfiqur Rahim goes for an appeal. But there is no such edge.
Target 18 off 8 balls: Karthik has to do the job himself. He punches a back of a length delivery wide off long on to take two. Karthik still on strike on last ball.
Target 16 off 7 balls:
18.5 overs: Karthik moves around the crease to unsettle the bowler. He goes down on one knee to scoop a full-length delivery over the short fine leg fielder for a four. Hossain concedes 22 runs off the over.
Bowler: Soumya Sarkar
19.3 balls: Karthik glides a yorker-length ball outside off to point, takes a single.
Target 5 off 1 ball:
19.5 overs: Enormous pressure on Karthik who is cool and calm in the middle. Soumya Sarkar bowls a full-length ball outside off, Karthik punches hard and smashes a straight six over deep cover. India win the match.