Mayank Agarwal-led Karnataka cricket team beat Maharastra to clinch their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Thursday. Chasing a target of 156 runs, Mayank Agarwal (85*) took charge of Karnataka's innings after the fall of opener Belur Sharath (2) and anchored a match-winning partnership of 92 runs off 59 balls with left-hander Rohan Kadam (60) for the second wicket.
After Kadam's departure, Karun Nair (8*) supported Agarwal in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 53 runs off 38 balls. Agarwal then finished the match in style with a sixth boundary off seamer Divyang Hinganekar.
Maharashtra had early hiccups after sent in to bat. Naushad Shaikh, with his unbeaten 69, was the only run-getter from his side. Shaikh along with Ankit Bawne (29) put Maharashtra back on track for the fourth wicket.
At a point it seemed the duo would post a competitive target, however, the fall of Bawne off pacer Abhimanyu Mithun restricted Maharashtra to 155 for four.
Maharashtra: 155/4 (Naushad Shaikh 69 not out, Rahul Tripathi 30, Abhimanyu Mithun 2/24).
Karnataka: 159/2 (Mayank Agarwal 85 not out, Rohan Kadam 60).
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