Off-Pad Ashwin not enough as Karnataka completes a Dream Double

Off-Pad Ashwin not enough as Karnataka completes a Dream Double

Off-Pad Ashwin not enough as Karnataka completes a Dream Double (Pic Source: Twitter)

On a day full of hilarious events in the cricket world another eventful moment came up during the finale of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ( India’s Premier domestic T20 Tournament) on the final ball of the match. With Tamil Nadu needing 3 of the last ball, R Ashwin who was at the non-striker end removed his pads and gloves to run swiftly between the wickets. In international cricket players use various innovative methods to improve their running between the wickets, But, it was the old school thinking of R Ashwin that made people laugh even in the most tensed moment of the match.

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However, this innovatory method does not come to his team’s rescue as they could manage only a single on the last ball of the match and went on to lose the match and title finale by one run. Karnataka’s Spinner K Gowtham successfully defended 13 runs to win the second consecutive title for his team.

With this title, Karnataka also completed the white ball double of Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy becoming only the first Side to do so.

In the last over Tamil Nadu needed 13 to win as Karnataka captain handed over the ball to spinner K Gowtham. With two set batsmen at the crease, it looked like Tamil Nadu will prevail in the encounter and they almost did as R Ashwin hit consecutive boundaries on the first two balls of the over.

With only 5 required of the 4 balls, it seemed a definite victory for Tamil Nadu but K Gowtham switched his angle to round the wicket and gave away only 1 run in the next two balls as Tamil Nadu needed 4 runs of 2 balls with their set batsman V Shankar back on the strike.

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But Karnataka Captain Manish Pandey who is considered as one of the best athletes in cricket world changed the complexion of the match by running out V Shankar by a bullet throw from Long-on. V Shankar, who was rushing back for the second run, was run out at the striker end, leaving Ashwin at the non-striker end. A new batsman at the striker-end on the final delivery of the match did not help Tamil Nadu as they could manage only a single on the last ball of the match.

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