PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Defending champions Karnataka survived a Baba Aparajith-Vijay Shankar scare to clinch the last-ball thriller as they beat Tamil Nadu by one run in the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20. Skipper Manish Pandey led from the front with a sublime half-century before the bowlers produced a team effort to help Karnataka defend their title, beating Tamil Nadu by one run in a thrilling final. Karnataka made a challenging 180 for five, riding on skipper Manish Pandey's 45-ball unbeaten 60 and useful contribution from Rohan Kadam (35), Devdutt Padikkal (32) and KL Rahul (22). Karun Nair also made a fine 8-ball 17 to help his side's cause. Karnataka bowlers dished out a fine death over bowling display to restrict Tamil Nadu to 179 for six in their 20 overs. Tamil Nadu batsmen got starts but failed to capitalize on them. All-rounder Vijay Shankar top-scored with a 44 off 27 balls while Baba Aparajith made 40 off 25 balls. The duo shared 71 runs for the fifth wicket to give Tamil Nadu a glimmer of hope.
Dramatic last over
Having won the Vijay Hazare Trophy a little over a month ago, they become the first team two win both white-ball titles in the same season. Incidentally, Tamil Nadu was the losing side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final as well. With 13 needed in the final over, Tamil Nadu started off in style 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. 3 runs were required off the final ball which Murugan Ashwin faced and failed to connect, only managing to take a single off the leg-bye as Karnataka players began their celebrations. In the Karnataka innings, Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin (2/33) and offie Ravichandran Ashwin (2/34) scalped two wickets apiece.
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