The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in Surat was a treat to the supporters who turned up in numbers to enjoy it. The game went down to the last ball before Karnataka won the match by 1 run. The late drama unfolded after Vijay Shankar was run out by Manish Pandey and KL Rahul combining as Shankar looked to steal a double on the penultimate ball of the final over in the hope of getting back on strike.
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When Tamil Nadu needed 3 runs off the last delivery, Murugan Ashwin could pick just one run with Ravichandran Ashwin not out on 16 at the other end. As a result, the defending champions retained the championship. Batting first, Karnataka posted 180/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Manish Pandey played a captain’s knock as he scored a 45-ball-60 with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Ravichandran Ashwin did a premature celebration:
In reply, Karnataka managed to bowl really well as Tamil Nadu lost their batsmen for cheap scores. After all the main batsmen got out, Ravichandran Ashwin showed a fighting spirit in crunch situations. When 13 runs were required off the last over, Ashwin scored back-to-back fours off Krishnappa Gowtham’s bowling and after which, he performed a premature celebration.
Gowtham came across round the wicket and Ashwin missed it. He then took a single in the very next ball which brought Vijay Shankar on strike who was batting well on 44. However, he was run-out on the 5th ball of the over. Murugan Ashwin who came out to bat lacked the killer instinct to give a blow in the final as Karnataka restricted Tamil Nadu to 179/6.
Ravichandran Ashwin tweets:
After the match, Ravichandran Ashwin came up with a touching tweet. He admitted that the defeat was a hard pill to swallow and also lauded both the teams for their performances, writing:
“It’s so hard to wake up after games like what we had last night, #KarVsTN and to play a game of such intensity in the domestic circuit is a delight, to say the least. Well done again to both teams. ??.”
It’s so hard to wake up after games like what we had last night, #KarVsTN and to play a game of such intensity in the domestic circuit is a delight to say the least. Well done again to both teams. 👏👏
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 2, 2019