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Nidahas Trophy final: Dinesh Karthik's last-ball six wins pride of place among best finishes in Twenty20

Dinesh Karthik's last-ball six off Soumya Sarkar on Sunday night has found pride of place at the top of the list of best finishes in Twenty20 internationals, because it was delivered against the odds in the final of a T20I tri-series.

Held back in the order while the rookie Vijay Shankar was preferred at No 5 - despite never having batted at international level - the experienced Karthik entered India's chase after Mustafizur Rahman had bowled a stunning wicket-maiden 18th over.

India needed 34 off 12 balls, and Karthik summoned his deepest resolve - he was Man of the Match in India?s inaugural T20I in 2006 - to hit 22 off the penultimate over.

Back on strike for the last ball of the match, from which India needed five to win, Karthik kept his cool and drove Sarkar over extra cover for a flat six to cue sensational scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

With that unbelievable hit, India had chased 167 to claim the Nidahas Trophy.

"I have been practising these shots - having a strong base and then hitting from there," Karthik said after the match.

"Happy to be where I'm and thanks to the support staff who have kept on supporting me for the last few months," he added.