Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was elated with the finishing skills of Dinesh Karthik. He hugged him in joy after the keeper batter finished the game for his side with a six and four.
Rohit Sharma hugs Dinesh Karthik after India levels the 1-1 in a Nagpur
In what was a rain-curtailed match, India displayed a sensational performance and clinched the match by 6 wickets to level the three-match series 1-1. It was an 8-over game that saw Australia posting 90 runs on the board in the first innings.
Chasing the target, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front and smashed Australian bowlers all over the park for his unbeaten 46 runs in just 20 balls.
India started the chase on high as they scored a flurry of boundaries but they lost wickets in the middle and came under a sort of pressure. However, Rohit kept India in the hunt by ticking the scorecard.
With 9 runs needed off the last over, Dinesh Karthik, who was new at the crease, smashed a six and the four to seal the game for his side. As the keeper batter finished the game, the skipper ran towards him in joy and hugged him. The moment was lauded by many and it went viral over the internet.
Here’s the video:
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Rohit Sharma reveals why they sent Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant to bat in Nagpur
Skipper Rohit lauded Karthik for his heroics in the end and also revealed that they had thought of sending Rishabh Pant ahead of him but they wanted the senior batter to play the role of the finisher and get settled in that.
“Glad DK could finish well. Been a while since he had some time in the middle. There was this thought if we should get Rishabh in but I thought Sams is going to bowl off-cutters, so I thought let DK come in and he is playing that role anyway for us,” he said.
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India and Australia will now face in the series decider the third T20I in Hyderabad on Sunday (25th September).