Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 85 – his 57-ball knock laced with six boundaries and three towering sixes. @ PTI

Mayank Agarwal scored his first half-century of the Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019 tournament and remained unbeaten on 85, while Rohan Kadam notched up yet another fifty to help Karnataka bag their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy after an eight-wicket win over Maharashtra in the final on Thursday.

Karnataka have now remained unbeaten in their last 14 T20 games, the joint highest winning streak for an Indian T20 side along with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Chasing 155, Karnataka lost BS Sharath in the third over after he was cleaned up by Samad Fallah for 2.

Agarwal and Kadam then took charge of the innings and forged 92 runs for the second wicket to take the game away from the opposition. Kadam, who tonked six boundaries and three sixes en route to his 60 off 39, was dismissed by DM Hinganekar in the 13th over. However, Agarwal and Karun Nair (8* off 10) then ensured Karnataka continued to dominate the run-chase as they cruised to victory with nine balls to spare.

Agarwal was unbeaten on 85 – his 57-ball knock laced with six boundaries and three towering sixes.

Earlier, after opting to field, Abhimanyu Mithun pocketed two wickets, while KC Cariappa and Jagadeesha Suchith added one each as Karnataka restricted Maharashtra to 155/4.

Maharashtra lost found themselves in a spot of bother at 55/3 inside the first 10 overs. Captain Rahul Tripathi (30 off 32) was dismissed by Cariappa just about when he was shifting gears.

Ankit Bawne and Naushad Shaikh then stitched an 81-run partnership, but Karnataka struck just in time with Mithun getting rid of Bawne for 29 in the 18th over.

Naushad struck some lusty blows in the end to help himself to 69 off 41 which included five boundaries and three sixes, but it didn’t prove sufficient with none of the others firing from the other end.

Mithun returned with figures of two for 24 in his four overs.

Brief scores: Karnataka 159/2 in 18.3 overs (Mayank Agarwal 85*, Rohan Kadam 60) beat Maharashtra 155/4 (Naushad Shaikh 69*, Ankit Bawne 29; Abhimanyu Mithun 2/24) by eight wickets