Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Credits: Twitter)

Karnataka beat bitter rivals Tamil Nadu by one run on Sunday to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali final in a thrilling manner. In the process, they also became the only team in history to win the tournament in succession. Fans came up in large numbers to watch the title-decider in Surat and they must have left for their homes satisfied.

Karnataka restricted Tamil Nadu to 179 for 6 after posting 180 for 5 on the board. The Manish Pandey-led side was asked to bat first and the captain led from the front to propel his team to a competitive total. Pandey scored 60 not out off 45 balls with the help of four boundaries and a couple of sixes. He was well supported by Rohan Kadam, who made 35 off 28 balls as the two added 65 runs in quick time for the fourth wicket.

Earlier in the innings, openers KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal also contributed to the team’s cause with 22 and 32 runs respectively. For Tamil Nadu, Murugan Ashwin and Ravichandran Ashwin took two each while Washington Sundar got one.

In reply, Tamil Nadu got off to a poor start with Shreyas Gopal getting rid of opener Hari Nishanth for 14 in the third over. Shahrukh Khan followed soon after as Ronit More sent him packing in the fifth over. Washington Sundar (24) and Dinesh Karthik (20) then steadied the innings with but both could not capitalise on their starts.

The onus was then on Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar to deliver the goods and they duly obliged by stitching together a 71-run stand which put Tamil Nadu on their way to challenge Karnataka. Shankar top-scored with 44 off 27 balls while Aparajith scored a quickfire 25-ball 40 before falling to More in the 18th over.

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The equation was finally down to 13 runs from the final over. Tamil Nadu started well with Ashwin scoring two fours in succession off the first two balls from Krishnappa Gowtham. But off-spinner came back strong with his next four deliveries with Shankar even getting run out off the penultimate ball. With three needed from the final ball, Tamil Nadu managed just one.

Ravichandran Ashwin left red-faced:

India ace Ravichandran Ashwin, nonetheless, went through a range of emotions during the game and was trolled heavily on social media for his premature celebration. When he hit Gowtham for two successive fours in the final over, he let his emotions get the better of him. Ravichandran Ashwin was seen shouting and punching the air in delight.

But the celebration would turn out to be premature – like Mushfiqur Rahim’s celebration had been in 2016 T20 World Cup against India. Mushfiqur had also celebrated in the same manner after hitting a boundary in the final over against India before being dismissed and Bangladesh went on to lose the game.

And seeing Ravichandran Ashwin doing the same, the fans could not stop themselves from comparing him with the Bangladesh star and troll him.

Here are some of the reactions:



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