Mayank, Rohan fifties hand Karnataka maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy

Karnataka rode on fifties from Mayank Agarwal and Rohan Kadam to beat Maharashtra by eight wickets in the final of the Syed Mushtaq ALi T20 tournament.

Rohan Kadam made a match-winning fifty in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Maharashtra.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.

Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 85 and Rohan Kadam made a brilliant 60 as Karnataka beats Maharashtra by eight wickets to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament for the first time.

Chasing 156 runs to win, Maharashtra got an early breakthrough but Rohan and Mayank forged a match-winning 92-run stand to take the game away.

Mayank was handed a life while he was batting on 5 and the India international made good use of it to play a match-winning knock. Karnakata is the champions but credit to Maharashtra for making it to the final.

That's all we have for now and thank you for joining us. Until next time, it's good bye and good night. 

8:45 pm: There it is. Karnataka beats Maharashtra by eight wickets to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament for the maiden time.

8:28 pm: Fifty for Mayank Agarwal - Fabulous stuff from the India international and he has made full use of the life he was given by Maharashtra. Karnataka needs 31 runs off 34 balls. Should be an easy walk from here.

8:17 pm: WICKET - Rohan Kadam perishes but not before playing a match-winning knock of 60. Maharashtra finally breaks the stand but it might just be too late as they need to pick wickets in a cluster to halt Karnataka's progress. Karnataka 107/2 after 12. overs. Needs 50 in 47 deliveries.

8:05 pm: Fifty for Rohan Kadam. What a fine innings this has been from the southpaw as he gets to his fifty in 32 deliveries. He along with Mayank Agarwal have set the tone for the chase and only a dramatic collapse can see Karnataka losing this final.

7:57 pm: 50-run partnership between Mayank Agarwal and Rohan Kadam. The duo is running away with the game as Karnataka is taking giant steps towards the target. Karnataka 66/1 after 8 overs.

7:48 pm: Fifty up for Karnataka in just 5.4 overs and the arrival of Mayank Agarwal has completely changed the complexion of the game. Mayank got a life and the Maharashtra bowlers are paying the price. Rahul Tripathi is ringing in some changes and Maharashtra needs a breakthrough.

7:40 pm: After getting a lifeline, Mayanak Agarwal goes on a rampage as he smacks a six and a boundary to keep Karnataka moving. Karnataka 40/1 after 4 overs.

7:36 pm: Dropped - Mayank Agarwal has been given a life as he was dropped by Vishal Gite... Mayank mis-times a shot, the ball went high up in the air and Gite misses a simple chance at mid-wicket. This will prove costly for Maharashtra.

7:29 pm: WICKET - Samad Fallah strikes and he castles B.R. Sharath to give Maharashtra an early breakthrough. Length delivery, Sharath goes for a cross-batted pull but the ball skids through the gap to hit the top of middle-stump. Karnataka 14/1 after 2.2 overs.

7:27 pm: Rohan Kadam becomes the highest run-getter of the tournament this season - 476 runs from 11 matches at a strike rate of 127.27. He is batting on 11 and holds the key for Karnataka.

7:24 pm: Vishal Gite to partner Samad Fallah.

7:22 pm: Good start by Samad Fallah as he is able to move the ball away from the left-hander and has beaten Rohan Kadam a couple of times. The pitch seems to have spiced up a bit. Karnataka 6/0 after 1 over.

7.17pm: Karnataka is in pursuit of 156. Rohan Kadam and B.R. Sharath are in the middle and it will be Samad Fallah to start proceedings for Maharashtra.

7:09 pm: Naushad Shaikh played a brilliant innings with an unbeaten 41-ball 69 and along with Ankit Bawne helped Maharashtra cross the 150-run mark. Karnataka bowled well in patches but its spinners were taken to the cleaners. Can they defend 155? We will be back for the chase in a while.

7:05 pm: 11 runs from the final over as Maharashtra posts a challenging 155 for the loss of four wickets.

7:00 pm: SIX - Naushad Shaik smacks R. Vinay Kumar for a flat six over long-on to bring the 150-up for Maharashtra.

6:55 pm: WICKET - Abhimanyu Mithun takes a wicket as he removes Ankit Bawne for 29. Karnataka is still in control despite Naushad firing on all cylinders. Maharashtra 136/4 after 18 overs.

6:53 pm: Fifty for Shaik - Naushad Shaik gets to his fifty with a smashing hit for a six and what a knock it has been in the final. Fine fifty from the batsman.

6:49 pm: SIX - Naushad Shaik connects and connects beautifully and he launches K.C. Cariappa over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum.  Maharashtra 124/3 after 17 overs.

6:41: Fifty run partnership between Naushad Shaikh and Ankit Bawne and both batsmen are looking in fine touch. Their 50-run stand comes in 33 deliveries.

6:40 pm: FOUR- Short and wide and Ankit Bawne slashes it hard and the ball beats the point fielder and races away to the fence. Release shot.

6:37 pm: R. Vinay Kumar is back into the attack.

6:36 pm: Abhimanyu Mithun has done an excellent job for Karnataka as he has helped his team pull things back. Couple of quiet overs and the Maharashtra batsmen are getting a bit jittery. Maharashtra 95/3 at the end of 14 overs.

6:30 pm: Naushad Shaikh is looking in good touch as he has collected back-to-back boundaries. First a lofted drive over the mid-off and when the bowler dragged it short, he used the pace of the ball to guide it past the backward point for a boundary. Maharashtra on the charge. 18 runs - the most expensive so far - in this over. Maharashtra 88/3 aft the end of 12 overs.

6:22 pm: At half-way stage Maharashtra is 61 for the loss of three wickets and just when it seemed it was peaking, K.C. Cariappa removed the well-set Rahul Tripathi. Interesting phase ahead.

6:18 pm: WICKET - Big Wicket as Rahul Tripathi departs. K.C. Cariappa does the trick for Karnataka and Oh dear! Rahul Tripathi fails to put across a half-tracker but hits it straight into the hands of a running R. Vinay Kumar at wide long-on. 

6.07 pm: J. Suchith is introduced into the attack and strikes first ball. Vijay Zol misses one, his backfoot is caught in the air as Sharath whips the bails off in a flash. He wasn't confident in his appeal, but the third umpire was. Maharashtra 46/2 in 7.1 overs.

6.03 pm: Spinner K.C. Cariappa is into the attack now. He has mixed it very well, bowling the flatter ones, the floated one, a quicker one etc. The Maharashtra batsmen pick up 5 runs from the over and move to 46/1 after 7 overs.

6.03 pm: End of the powerplay, Maharashtra moves to 41/1, with Rahul Tripathi (23 off 21) and Vijay Zol (5 off 4) in the middle.

6.00 pm: Vijay Zol takes on V. Koushik. He targets the off-cutter and sends it over the cover region for four.

5.56 pm: Abhimanyu Mithun strikes. Ruturaj Gaikward cannot pick the gap on the off-side and J. Suchith takes an easy catch at point. Maharashtra loses its first wicket for 35, in 4.5 overs. Vijay Zol joins Tripathi in the middle.

5.54 pm: Ruturaj Gaikwad goes big, pulls A. Mithun to the deep midwicket fence. The ball lands just short of the ropes and after a couple of minutes, the third umpire declares it a boundary.

5.51 pm: Change of ends for A. Mithun. He replaces Vinay Kumar.

5.50 pm: 7 runs off Koushik's first over. Maharashtra 28/0 after 4 overs.

5.46 pm: V. Koushik replaces Abhimanyu Mithun, who has bowled just one over in his first spell.

5.45 pm: Two boundaries in Vinay Kumar's over and Maharashtra moves to 21/0 after 3 overs. R. Tripathi on 14 off 12 and R. Gaikwad on run-a-ball 6 in the middle.

5.44 pm: Vinay Kumar gets one to nip back sharp, Tripathi had no clue, the ball took the inside edge, missed the stumps and beats the wicketkeeper Sharath and rockets to the fence.

5.43 pm: Rahul Tripathy scores the first boundary of the final. He came down the track and targets the vacant mid-on region and the fielder doesn't win the chase.

Both the teams haven't lost a single game in the Super League, winning all their 4 matches.

5.39 pm: Three runs of Mithun's first over. Maharashtra 9/0 after 2 overs.

5.34 pm: At the end of 1 over, Maharashtra moves to 6/0. Both the openers have negotiated Vinay Kumar cautiously. Abhimanyu Mithun will start proceedings from the other end.

The same pitch was used for the Ranji Trophy finals played in the last two years here. It's a red-soil surface, which is a difference from the majority pitches in the tournament that were played on black soil. It might have good bounce but the track looks weary and not that well rolled. There could also be turn on offer.

5.30 pm: R. Vinay Kumar with the new ball. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi are opening for Maharashtra.

That's where the teams are playing. A panoramic view of the Holkar Stadium in Indore.   -  R.V. Moorthy

 

Here are the playing XIs.

Maharashtra: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi (cap), Nikhil Naik (wk), Ankit Bawne, Divyang Himganekar, Vijay Zol, Naushad Shaikh, Azim Kazi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Samad Fallah, Vishal Gite.

Karnataka: Sharath BR (wk), Rohan Kadam, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (cap), Jagadeesha Suchith, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, V Koushik, KC Cariappa, Abhimanyu Mithun.

Toss update: Karnataka has won the toss and it has invited Maharashtra to bat first.

This will be the final domestic game of the season. We will have the toss update, in a while.

Even before the final has commenced, Maharashtra's Rahul Tripathi is making headlines. He pulled off a stunning catch in his team's last match that would go down as one of the best catches in Indian cricket. Missed the catch, you can watch it here.

The final is featuring two teams that has played relentless cricket. Karnataka is aiming for its first Twenty20 title on the back of a 11-match undefeated run this year starting with the qualifying first round match against Assam in Cuttack while Maharashtra won the title ten years ago, defending a total of 119 against Hyderabad in the final. You can read the preview of the final here.

Here are the teams:

Maharashtra (From): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi(c), Nikhil Naik(w), Naushad Shaikh, Ankit Bawne, Divyang Himganekar, Vijay Zol, Hitesh Walunj, Satyajeet Bachhav, Samad Fallah, Vishal Gite, Domnic Muthuswami, Swapnil Gugale, Rohit Motwani, Yash Nahar, Manoj Ingale, Azim Kazi.

Karnataka (From): Sharath BR(w), Rohan Kadam, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey(c), Jagadeesha Suchith, Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, KC Cariappa, V Koushik, Abhimanyu Mithun, Manoj S Bhandage, Prasidh Krishna, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Luvnith Sisodia.

The match is telecast live on Star Sports and live streamed on Hotstar.