Nikhil Naik smashed 67 off 45 balls © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Nikhil Naik smashed 67 off 45 balls © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Cuttack: Nikhil Naik smashed 67 off 45 balls as Maharashtra beat Karnataka by 26 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy on Thursday. Naik’s blistering knock and a 20-ball 33 from Ankit Bawne pushed Maharashtra to 184/8 in 20 overs. Opener Robin Uthappa (80 off 52) gave Karnataka more than a fighting chance in the chase but the team could only manage 158 before being bowled out with nine balls to spare. Barring skipper Vinay Kumar (23), none of the the batsmen were able to support Uthappa, who was the ninth batsmen to be dismissed. Live Cricket Score, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

Brief scores:

Maharashtra 184 for 8 in 20 overs (Nitin Naik 67; Vinay Kumar 3 for 32) beat Karnataka 158 in 18.3 overs (Robin Uthappa 80, Anupam Sanklecha 3 for 23) by 26 runs.