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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final, Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka, Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 1, 2019, 10:59 PM IST

Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu (T20)

CONCLUDED

KAR vs TN Cricket Scorecard (T20)

Final T20, Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Vesu, Surat, 01 December, 2019

Karnataka

180/5

(20.0) RR 9

v/s
Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu by 1 run
Tamil Nadu

179/6

(20.0) RR 8.95

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Well that's that then. Tamil Nadu can only pick up another run of the last ball as Karnataka the defending champions retain the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in 2019/20. It was a thriller of a final that went down to the last delivery before Karnataka won by 1 run.  

  • 22:28 (IST)

    OUT! The late drama continues as Shankar has been run out by Pandey and Rahul combining as he looked to steal a quick double. TN need 3 off the last ball. 

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Four and Four! Wow! What a start to Gowtham's over. Ashwin's gone downtown first and then slog-swept it for another four. 

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Four more! Koushik bowls a slower one and outside off stump which Shankar has absolutely cashed in on. 

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Four! The pressure is on TN and R Ashwin has just squeezed out a boundary to fine leg of Koushik. Can they still take this away from Karnataka? 

  • 22:12 (IST)

    OUT! Aparajith was looking to attack More first up once again but has failed this time round as Manish Pandey at long on completed the catch. TN are five down now. 

  • 22:10 (IST)

    It's another 11 run over and this time the bowler on the receiving end is Koushik. After the six he conceded he looked to go full but Shankar and Aparajith worked him around well for five more singles. TN need 30 in 3 overs. 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    SIX! Once again of the first ball of the over Aparajith charges Koushik and sends him flying into the stands over long-off. He has a clear plan to rattle Karnataka's bowlers. 

  • 22:02 (IST)

    SIX! Inside out by Aparajith to Sujith off the first ball of the over. Straight over long off and extra cover, that'll keep the crowd going and the pressure off the batsmen.

  • 21:50 (IST)

    SIX! First of the innings from Aparajith as picks Sujith over the deep mid wicket region. TN maybe under a lot of pressure against this bowling but they aren't giving up without a fight. Big 11 run over as Aparajith and Sundar pick five singles of the rest of the deliveries. TN are 107/4 after 13 overs. 

  • 21:43 (IST)

    New man in Vijay Shankar along with Baba Aparajith have quite a bit to do over here as the required run rate has crossed the 10 run barrier. Shankar however latches onto a bad ball and sweeps for four in an 8 run over against Sujith. TN are 88/4 after 11 overs and have to rebuild. 

  • 21:39 (IST)

    OUT! Bowled!! Goes through. Washington Sundar has been cleaned up here by K Gowtham. TN are 80/4 after 10 overs and just like that, Tamil Nadu end up in a deep pit.

  • 21:34 (IST)

    OUT! The bowling change has worked for Karnataka as Suchith is charged by Karthik and KL Rahul happily completes the stumping. TN are 76/3 after 9 overs and the momentum is starting to swing in Karnataka's way. 

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Four! Suchith is in the attack and after a good start initially he bowls a short one outside off and Karthik has crashed it through point for four runs. He picks up two more right after. 

  • 21:12 (IST)

    OUT! Karnataka turn to Indian domestic cricket's best spinner this year Shreyas Gopal and he does not disappoint. A juicy long hop googly to Shahrukh and he can't place his shot well enough. Caught at the boundary by Suchith. Tamil Nadu are 37/2. 

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Four! Tamil Nadu are only dealing in the big hits now. Washington Sundar stood up and timed a perfect cover drive off the first ball he has faced today. Fantastic counter-attack here by TN after Karnataka took their bowlers to the cleaners. 

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Four! V Koushik comes into the attack and it's in Shahrukh's arc, who has not hesitated one bit in hammering it over mid on into the fence. 

  • 21:05 (IST)

    OUT! More comes right back with a fast one that cramps Nishanth up for room and Manish Pandey completes a simple catch to give Karnataka their first wicket. After 3 overs TN are 26/1. 

  • 21:03 (IST)

    Four, Four and Four! Now Nishanth has joined in the party and first smashed More back down the ground before another streaky edge ran past leg-stump and into the fence for 8 crucial runs. TN doing well here to get the momentum going early on. Off the fifth ball of the over Nishanth picks More delightfully and sends him beyond square leg to make that a huge over so far.  

22:30 (IST)

Well that's that then. Tamil Nadu can only pick up another run of the last ball as Karnataka the defending champions retain the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in 2019/20. It was a thriller of a final that went down to the last delivery before Karnataka won by 1 run.  

22:28 (IST)

OUT! The late drama continues as Shankar has been run out by Pandey and Rahul combining as he looked to steal a quick double. TN need 3 off the last ball. 

22:25 (IST)

Four and Four! Wow! What a start to Gowtham's over. Ashwin's gone downtown first and then slog-swept it for another four. 

22:23 (IST)

12 runs of the Koushik over which included two boundaries for Tamil Nadu, who now need 13 to win with R Ashwin on strike. This has been a thrilling finale. 

22:21 (IST)

Four more! Koushik bowls a slower one and outside off stump which Shankar has absolutely cashed in on. 

22:20 (IST)

Four! The pressure is on TN and R Ashwin has just squeezed out a boundary to fine leg of Koushik. Can they still take this away from Karnataka? 

22:16 (IST)

Since the dismissal of Aparajith, Shankar has not been able to tee off or even find the boundary in this over alongside R Ashwin. The duo pick up five runs of the rest of the over and are 156/5 after 18 overs. 

22:12 (IST)

OUT! Aparajith was looking to attack More first up once again but has failed this time round as Manish Pandey at long on completed the catch. TN are five down now. 

22:10 (IST)

It's another 11 run over and this time the bowler on the receiving end is Koushik. After the six he conceded he looked to go full but Shankar and Aparajith worked him around well for five more singles. TN need 30 in 3 overs. 

22:06 (IST)

SIX! Once again of the first ball of the over Aparajith charges Koushik and sends him flying into the stands over long-off. He has a clear plan to rattle Karnataka's bowlers. 

22:04 (IST)

Three more singles and two follow in that over from Sujith who ends up conceding a total of 11 runs. Manish Pandey won't be very impressed with that though. TN are 140/4 after 16 overs. 

22:02 (IST)

SIX! Inside out by Aparajith to Sujith off the first ball of the over. Straight over long off and extra cover, that'll keep the crowd going and the pressure off the batsmen.

22:00 (IST)

Karnataka bring Ronit More back into the attack now in the15th over of the innings and Shankar and Aparajith are both very happy clearly. They've both used his pace and played him away for two boundaries to third man. Big 12 run over for TN who have 30 deliveries to face and 52 runs more to chase. 

21:54 (IST)

Shreyas Gopal completes his quota of overs with a big 10 run over for TN. Shankar picked him off for a boundary straight down the ground while the duo also ran hard in between wickets. TN are 117/4 after 14 overs.

21:50 (IST)

SIX! First of the innings from Aparajith as picks Sujith over the deep mid wicket region. TN maybe under a lot of pressure against this bowling but they aren't giving up without a fight. Big 11 run over as Aparajith and Sundar pick five singles of the rest of the deliveries. TN are 107/4 after 13 overs. 

21:47 (IST)

Shreyas comes in for his third over the game and Shankar's smashed him away of the back foot for four after which the batsmen pick another four singles. None of that should bother Shreyas or Karnataka right now, who seem set to defend their title. 

21:43 (IST)

New man in Vijay Shankar along with Baba Aparajith have quite a bit to do over here as the required run rate has crossed the 10 run barrier. Shankar however latches onto a bad ball and sweeps for four in an 8 run over against Sujith. TN are 88/4 after 11 overs and have to rebuild. 

21:39 (IST)

OUT! Bowled!! Goes through. Washington Sundar has been cleaned up here by K Gowtham. TN are 80/4 after 10 overs and just like that, Tamil Nadu end up in a deep pit.

21:34 (IST)

OUT! The bowling change has worked for Karnataka as Suchith is charged by Karthik and KL Rahul happily completes the stumping. TN are 76/3 after 9 overs and the momentum is starting to swing in Karnataka's way. 

21:33 (IST)

Four! Suchith is in the attack and after a good start initially he bowls a short one outside off and Karthik has crashed it through point for four runs. He picks up two more right after. 

21:29 (IST)

Koushik also helps keep the batsmen from taking the game away too easily with a well controlled over. Keeps Karthik and Sundar down to just the four singles. TN are 68/2 after 8 overs. 

21:24 (IST)

Another big over for TN against Shreyas Gopal and this time it's Dinesh Karthik who took charge. Two half trackers were sent to long on and then square leg emphatically along side a couple of singles for Sundar and one more for Karthik. TN move onto 64/2 after 7 overs. 

21:20 (IST)

Six overs are up here and TN are 53/2 with Dinesh Karthik and Washington Sundar in the middle. K Gowtham was brought into bowl again after Shreyas' last over and to his credit he's done well and not allowed any big hits. Just the seven runs as the duo rotate strike. 

21:17 (IST)

Quite an eventful over comes to an end. Shreyas Gopal struck first up and then slowed down the run flow a bit with the two new men Dinesh Karthik and Sundar having a look at him first. Sundar however managed to find one boundary in the over point to keep the run rate in the region of 9. TN are 46/2. 

21:12 (IST)

OUT! Karnataka turn to Indian domestic cricket's best spinner this year Shreyas Gopal and he does not disappoint. A juicy long hop googly to Shahrukh and he can't place his shot well enough. Caught at the boundary by Suchith. Tamil Nadu are 37/2. 

21:11 (IST)

Koushik would not have enjoyed that first over, he's conceded 11 runs with two boundaries and that too one to Sundar, who's just walked in. TN are 37/1 after 4 overs and are motoring along. 

21:10 (IST)

Four! Tamil Nadu are only dealing in the big hits now. Washington Sundar stood up and timed a perfect cover drive off the first ball he has faced today. Fantastic counter-attack here by TN after Karnataka took their bowlers to the cleaners. 

21:08 (IST)

Four! V Koushik comes into the attack and it's in Shahrukh's arc, who has not hesitated one bit in hammering it over mid on into the fence. 

21:05 (IST)

OUT! More comes right back with a fast one that cramps Nishanth up for room and Manish Pandey completes a simple catch to give Karnataka their first wicket. After 3 overs TN are 26/1. 

21:03 (IST)

Four, Four and Four! Now Nishanth has joined in the party and first smashed More back down the ground before another streaky edge ran past leg-stump and into the fence for 8 crucial runs. TN doing well here to get the momentum going early on. Off the fifth ball of the over Nishanth picks More delightfully and sends him beyond square leg to make that a huge over so far.  

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final, Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka, Highlights: As it Happened

Preview: A little over a month ago, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu met in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, with the former winning comfortably to become champions. On Sunday (December 1), the two south Indian states will once again meet in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Once again, it's Karnataka who are favourites to defend the title they won earlier this year. They had defeated Tamil Nadu in the Super League stage of the tournament recently too, and have a clear edge.

The match is likely to be a clash of Karnataka's in-form batting with Tamil Nadu's bowling, mainly the spin attack. The way both sides won their respective semifinals show their strengths; Karnataka chased down 195 against Haryana in just 15 overs, showcasing their batting power. Tamil Nadu restricted Rajasthan to just 112 for 9 for a win set up by the bowlers.

Karnataka's charge has been led by their openers, Devdutt Padikkal and KL Rahul. Padikkal has impressed one and all this domestic season. He was the highest run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and is leading the charts in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy too, with 548 runs from 11 innings at a strike rate of 178.5. His 42-ball 87 and Rahul's 31-ball 66 in the semifinal will keep Karnataka confident going into the title clash.

Karnataka's batting beyond the openers is strong too, for they have Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Karun Nair apart from a useful lower order hitter in K Gowtham. The middle order has not been tested as much thanks to the openers' form, which is possibly an opportunity for Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka's bowling has been led by Shreyas Gopal, who has 18 wickets from 11 games. Abhimanyu Mithun, who picked five wickets in an over in the semifinal, will once again look to do the job leading the pace unit.

Tamil Nadu will rely on the spinners to get them deep into the Karnataka order. They have enjoyed bowling on spin friendly wickets in Surat, with Sai Kishore leading the wickets tally (20 wickets at economy of 4.63). Fellow left-arm spinner M Siddharth came into the squad only at the Super League stage as a replacement for the injured M Vijay and has grabbed his opportunity, picking up 12 wickets from just four games.

Washington Sundar has been in form too, both with ball and bat. TN's spin attack seems endless with R Ashwin joining them for the semifinal. They've got M Ashwin too, making it a four-spin attack. Medium pacers T Natarajan and Vijay Shankar have provided good support to the spinners when needed.

Tamil Nadu's batting lacks depth in comparison. Washington has been in fine form, as has been captain Dinesh Karthik. Hari Nishant and Shahrukh Khan have played the odd good knock, while Vijay Shankar has provided finishes.

Tamil Nadu sprung a surprise by opening with R Ashwin with the bat in the semifinal against Rajasthan. Ashwin struggled for momentum in a 33-ball 31, and it remains to be seen if TN stick with the same approach.

The pitch at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat is expected to be batsman-friendly, which could set up a cracking final to an entertaining tournament.

Squads:

Tamil Nadu: Hari Nishanth, Shahrukh Khan, Washington Sundar, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, M Siddharth, Jagatheesan Kousik, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Murugan Ashwin, T Natarajan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, M Mohammed, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, N Jagadeesan, G Periyaswamy.

Karnataka: Lokesh Rahul(w), Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey(c), Karun Nair, Rohan Kadam, Mayank Agarwal, Pavan Deshpande, Krishnappa Gowtham, Praveen Dubey, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, Ronit More, Aniruddha Joshi, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith, V Koushik, Prateek Jain, Nihal Ullal, Luvnith Sisodia

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