Match Over - India won by 4 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 18 Mar 2018, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: KD Karthik


  • Umpire1: RR Wimalasiri
  • Umpire2: RSA Palliyaguruge
  • Third Umpire: REJ Martinesz



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


Presentation time: And Dinesh Karthik is Man of the Match, tripping over his feet while trying to climb up the podium while Colombo screams his name. "Really happy t come out of this performance. Really happy for the team. We've played really well in this tournament and to not win the final would have been unfortunate. It was not that easy to bat there. The way Musftazur bowled... So I just had to go out there and hit the ball hard. I have been practicing keeping a good base and hitting throguh the line and luckily it came out well. The Indian team is a tough place to get an opportunity, but once you get it, you have to take it. And credit to the backroom staff, they have always supported me and I'm really happy

"You can't ask for more in a final like this. I thought we played superbly, anybody could have won the game, but India held their nerves well," says Shakib Al Hasan. "We wanted ot bowl our best bowler in the 18th and 19th. But even if Rubel had gone for 15 an over, we could have handled it. He didn't miss his length too much but credit to Dinesh Karthik to just come out and hit sixes from his first ball. We knew 166 would be tough to defend, we had a good feeling though, everyone did their best, gave their 100%. It hurts to lose, but we played well. [Mehidy only one over] It was pre-planned, who we anted ot bowl, but all of our bowlers can bowl. We can still take lots of positives from here and someday we can be on the winning side"

Washington Sundar is the Man of the Series. "It means a lot, especially such an award at such a young age. I really need to thank my family for this. It's a challenging role [bowling in Powerplay] but when playing for your countrly, it's just an honour. I've always wanted to read the batsmen's mind, and that's what I have been trying to do. 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

"Brilliant game, brilliant for the crowd who have come out in numbers. The support we got here from this crowd was brilliant, it would be a bit different if we were playing Sri Lanka but I would like to thank them for their show tonight," says Rohit Sharma. "Great tournament for us. Young lads. Lot of learning. We always knew they had the talent, but it was about executing and this tournament will give them a lot of confidence. Everybody who played, they showed lots of character. These games are not easy and these guys have not played a lot for the national team. And this performance will give them a lot fo confidence. It was quite easy to lead them. A lot of work has been done of the field in terms of strategy so it was very easy for me to remind them what we spoke of in our meeting and I thought they just executed them perfectly, in the Powerplay, middle overs and the death. Some of them went for runs, but they will learn from it and today was a real platform to show what we could do. Very happy to see Dinesh doing what he did, he didn't get much game time until now, but he showed his power. We held him back because of his finishing ability and his experience. And it paid off. I always had a lot of faith in our batting group and we were confident after keeping them to a par score."

That's all we have for you from commentary. Thanks for your company, but now it's time to hightail it the heck outta here. Sayonara, from Al Muthu

10.40 pm Soumya Sarkar is buckled over. He is inconsolable. He needs his captain to lift him up off the ground. For a part-time bowler to be given the final over, to handle this kind of pressure, is a lot of work and he tackled it gamely. But Karthik is a sensational finisher in T20 cricket, he does it time and again in the IPL, and for his state side Tamil Nadu. Came in to bat after a wicket maiden - in the 18th over too - from Bangladesh's gun bowler, Mustafizur Rahman, when the match was firmly in Bangladesh's favour. Then came a breathtaking assault, sending his first three balls to the boundary and changing the game in the blink of an eye. And the final six to seal it all was the best of them, with the ball going over cover, as pristine a cricket shot as any to finish off a T20 game. India are taking a lap of honour, and while many might have predicted these scenes, they did not take the expected route getting here.

"Oh my God," says Manish Pandey. "When I fell, I knew someone had to play a blinder. But we had the belief we could do it and DK has always done it. But oh my God."

"Wicket was a bit dry, me and Washington worked that out and we just varied our pace," says Chahal. "In the powerplay, batsmen want to drive, so I just vary my pace and bowl my sliders. I bowl in the IPL, so I'm used to being attacked. Seriously, I just ate through all my nails"

"I was in to bat next," says Thakur. "But we were just holding our hands, just praying let DK hit a four or six. I think the way he's batting through the tournament, and in the nets, it was incredible. The way he started off against Rubel, we knew he would hit the target"

Ashwin: "This finish is on par with MSD's finish at the 2011 World Cup. People are going to remember this for a long time"

Rohit: "Another cracker of a T20 match between the 2 sides after the one in Bengaluru in '16. Happy to be supporting the winning side on both the times. But kudos to Ban too. They fought extremely well. The Fizz was exceptional"

Saurabh: "DK has to be man of the match here. He changed the date of the tournament in the span of 8 balls"

Sagar Vibhute : "Hitting a winning boundary when Sachin Tendulkar is on the verge of hundred at non strikers end and hitting a winning boundary in such a incredible innings...DK has truly matured and ready to took that middle order batting position in limited overs team "

19.6Soumya Sarkar to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, flat! hard! AND HE'S CLEARED THE BOUNDARY! INDIA WIN! And the dressing room goes mad! Sarkar is hunched over on the ground! What an innings. DK is lost in the huddle. He has all of his team-mates climbing all over him. He's floored, after he has floored Soumya Sarkar over the cover boundary with incredible style!.

Washington Sundar comes in, but Dinesh Karthik is on strike with India needing five off one ball

19.5Soumya Sarkar to V Shankar, OUT, No run, taken, it's taken, Bangladesh have a wicket, and it comes despite one man dropping the catch. Long-on runs in to get under the ball. He gets both hands to it but the ball pops out. Luckily, Mehidy has also come running in from long-off and he takes the rebound beautifully..

India need five of two

19.4Soumya Sarkar to V Shankar, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, picks the gap at third man! It's a very full ball outside off, and that tiny bit of room is just what he needs to plant the open face down on it and send the ball between point and third man.

India need nine off three.

Ruchit: "Mustafiz is hard to pick for a new comer.. Shankar is no exception.. Once you get an idea he is easy to face.. But Shankar picked the wrong match !!"

19.3Soumya Sarkar to KD Karthik, 1 run, yorker outside off, DK skews it out to deep point and it's only a single.

India need 10 off 4 balls

19.2Soumya Sarkar to V Shankar, 1 run, full and outside off, drives to extra cover for a single.
19.1Soumya Sarkar to V Shankar, No run, length ball, perfectly set up for the smash down the ground, but Vijay Shankar is unable to put bat to ball..
19.1Soumya Sarkar to V Shankar, WIDE, 1 run, full toss down leg, Vijay Shankar can't get bat to it, he can't get a bye either -might have been run-out if Mushfiqur had hit - but the umpire does his job and calls a wide..
End of over 19. 22 runs this over. 155/5 after 114 balls.
KD Karthik 22 (6b 2x4 2x6 ) Rubel Hossain 4-0-35-2
V Shankar 12 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Nik: "Anyone missing Dhoni?" ---- india need 12 from six

End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 133/5 after 108 balls.
MK Pandey 28 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) Mustafizur Rahman 4-1-21-1
V Shankar 12 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 9 runs this over. 132/4 after 102 balls.
MK Pandey 28 (26b 3x4 0x6 ) Soumya Sarkar 2-0-20-0
V Shankar 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Devesh: ""They need a blinder" - it is on days like these that we remember Hardik Pandya's contributions. Hope Manish and Shankar deliver, both will be judged by this innings of theirs."

End of over 16. 8 runs this over. 123/4 after 96 balls.
MK Pandey 25 (23b 3x4 0x6 ) Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-21-0
V Shankar 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

India need 44 off 24. They need a blinder. The required rate is surging, it's up at 11 now

sammydude: "I think India have missed a trick by not sending Dinesh Karthick. His experience would have helped immensely to tackle the final few overs."

sankar4787: "BD are looking like a side playing in a final, fighting for a tournament. They are looking intense on the field. This is what India needs to cope up with in crucial knockout matches..."

End of over 15. 11 runs this over. 115/4 after 90 balls.
V Shankar 6 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) Soumya Sarkar 1-0-11-0
MK Pandey 18 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 104/4 after 84 balls.
V Shankar 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) Nazmul Islam 4-0-32-1
MK Pandey 8 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

KV: "Irrespective of the outcome of this match, I hope it teaches this young Indian team that in crucial matches like tournament Finals, if you win the toss, you bat first. "

Viv: "Pandey is under serious pressure now. How he performs now is likely a measure of how good a player he is. Can he deliver?" --- He is joined by Vijay Shankar now. "Big pressure here," says Mushfiqur from behind the stumps

End of over 13. 6 runs this over. 97/3 after 78 balls.
MK Pandey 6 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-14-0
RG Sharma 56 (41b 4x4 3x6 ) more

India have only made 16 off the last over overs and that means the equation has become 70 off 42 balls

Ritvik: "With all those 4s and 6s Rohit has played 15 dot balls out of 38 which is way too many for a player of his class. And talking about boundaries, they've also dried up for quite a time now atleast from Rohit's end." --- Pandey's 5 off 11 isn't helping either. Bangladesh are right back in this, just like how it happened while they batted

End of over 12. 5 runs this over. 91/3 after 72 balls.
RG Sharma 52 (38b 4x4 3x6 ) Nazmul Islam 3-0-25-0
MK Pandey 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

India need 76 from 48 balls. The required rate is nudging close to 10. This is going to be tight!

Tanveer : "With that Shakib's over India's RR is 9 now! Can india overcome the pressure? "

End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 86/3 after 66 balls.
MK Pandey 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-28-1
RG Sharma 49 (34b 4x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 84/3 after 60 balls.
MK Pandey 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) Rubel Hossain 3-0-13-2
RG Sharma 48 (33b 4x4 3x6 ) more

India need 83 off 60 balls, with seven wickets in hand. It'll all come down to how long Rohit is out there now

Ayushman: "@Milind *slow claps*"

Manish Pandey comes in with India needing 84 off 63 balls

End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 80/2 after 53 balls.
KL Rahul 22 (11b 2x4 1x6 ) Nazmul Islam 2-0-19-0
RG Sharma 47 (32b 4x4 3x6 ) more

Ajay: "@Vinay Definitely a long way to go." --- That's about the most polite version of the comments that have come in so far

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 72/2 after 48 balls.
RG Sharma 45 (29b 4x4 3x6 ) Rubel Hossain 2-0-10-1
KL Rahul 17 (9b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Eusha: "The word "Rohit", ironically, means "restrained"."

End of over 7. 11 runs this over. 67/2 after 42 balls.
RG Sharma 43 (25b 4x4 3x6 ) Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-26-1
KL Rahul 14 (7b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 8 runs this over. 56/2 after 36 balls.
RG Sharma 39 (21b 4x4 3x6 ) Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-8-0
KL Rahul 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Siva: "Rohit now has the midas-touch.. "All he touches turns golden runs""

End of over 5. 11 runs this over. 48/2 after 30 balls.
RG Sharma 32 (16b 3x4 3x6 ) Nazmul Islam 1-0-11-0
KL Rahul 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 37/2 after 24 balls.
KL Rahul 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) Rubel Hossain 1-0-5-1
RG Sharma 22 (11b 2x4 2x6 ) more

KL Rahul has come in, basically to open the batting. He's got two slips in

End of over 3. 8 runs this over. 32/1 after 18 balls.
RG Sharma 22 (11b 2x4 2x6 ) Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-15-1
SK Raina 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 17 runs this over. 24/0 after 12 balls.
RG Sharma 21 (8b 2x4 2x6 ) Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1-0-17-0
S Dhawan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 7 runs this over. 7/0 after 6 balls.
RG Sharma 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-7-0
S Dhawan 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Long-on is back now

S DhawanC B Shakib Al Hasan10701142.86
RG SharmaC Mahmudullah B Nazmul Islam564243133.33
SK RainaC Mushfiqur Rahim B Rubel Hossain0300-
KL RahulC Sabbir Rahman B Rubel Hossain241421171.43
MK PandeyC Sabbir Rahman B Mustafizur Rahman282730103.7
V ShankarC Mehidy Hasan Miraz B Soumya Sarkar17193089.47
KD Karthiknot out 29823362.5
Washington Sundarnot out 0000-
SN Thakur -
YS Chahal -
JD Unadkat -
Total 168/6
Shakib Al Hasan4.002817
Mehidy Hasan Miraz1.0017017
Rubel Hossain4.003528.75
Nazmul Islam4.003218
Mustafizur Rahman4.012115.25
Soumya Sarkar3.0033111