digital desk, New Delhi. M Shah Rukh Khan’s scintillating knock (33 not out from 15 balls) helped Tamil Nadu beat Karnataka by four wickets in the final played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Monday. With this the team was able to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy twice in a row.
Tamil Nadu has won the title three times so far (2006/07, 2020/21 and 2021/22), which is the most number of trophies won by a team in the history of the tournament.
In the final match of the white ball, an exciting final match was seen between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Chasing 152 runs, Tamil Nadu team’s C Hari Nishant made a very good start, but was run out in the fourth over by Vidyadhar Patil. After Nishant’s dismissal, Tamil Nadu’s wickets kept falling. Meanwhile, N Jagadeesan (41 off 46 balls) and skipper Vijay Shankar (18 off 22 balls) shared a 44-run partnership.
However, Karnataka bowler KC Cariappa dismissed both Shankar and Jagadeesan in the 16th over, making the run chase difficult for Tamil Nadu.
Shahrukh Khan came after this, at that time 55 runs were needed in 24 balls. After this, he along with Yadav carried the innings forward, but Yadav too was soon dismissed by Pratik Zain. Now 30 runs were to be scored in the last two overs.
Khan got Tamil Nadu back in the match with a six off the last ball of the 19th over, which now needed 16 runs in the last over.
In the final over, Khan hit a six off deep square leg off Jain’s last ball to register a thrilling win for Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, scintillating bowling from Kishor (3/12) and Yadav (1/32) prevented Karnataka from progressing to big scores. In the powerplay, Nair, Rohan Kadam, Manish Pandey put together just 32 runs on the board.
But, thanks to the innings of Abhinav Manohar (46 off 37 balls) and Praveen Dubey (33 in 25 balls), Karnataka managed to reach a respectable score.
Karnataka 151/7 in 20 overs (Abhinav Manohar 46, Praveen Dubey 33, Sai Kishore 3/12, R Sanjay Yadav 1/32) 153/6 in 20 overs by Tamil Nadu (N Jagadeesan 41, M Shah Rukh Khan 33 not out, KC Cariappa 2/23, Karun Nair 1/2).