Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Karnataka win maiden title

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Indore, March 14: Karnataka scripted history at the Holkar Stadium here defeating Maharashtra by eight wickets to win the Syed MushtaqAli Trophy T20cricket tournament in their first ever final, on Thursday.

Manish Pandey-led Karnataka became the first team from the south to wear the crown.

Needing 156 to win the title, Rohan Kadam (60, 39b, 6×4, 3×6) and Mayank Agarwal (85, 57b, 6×4, 3×6) produced a dazzling display to emerge as the chief architects of this memorable triumph.

Opener Kadam, the highest scorer in the domestic tournament with 536 runs in 12 innings, continued his ripping form to smash Maharashtra bowlers all around the park.  Following the quick departure of Sharath BR, man of the match Mayank Agarwal (85 not out, 57b, 6×4, 3×6) joined a free-flowing Kadam to accelerate the chase.

The duo added 92 runs for the second wicket before Kadam skied high Himganekar. But it was too late for Maharashtra to stage a comeback.

Mayank had complete control over the game while Karun Nair joined to guide their side across the finish line in style.

Asked to bat first, Maharashtra made 155 for 4. Naushad Shaikh (69 not out), Rahul Tripathi (30) and Ankit Bawane (29) were the main contributors.

Medium pacer Abhimanyu Mithun bagged two wickets while spinners Cariappa and J. Suchith claimed a wicket each.

Brief scores (final): Maharashtra: 155/4 in 20 overs (Rahul Tripathi 30, Naushad Shaikh 69 not out, Ankit Bawne 29, A. Mithun 2/24) lost to Karnataka: 159/2 in 18.3 overs (Rohan Kadam 60, Mayank Agarwal 85 not out) by 8 wickets.  

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