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 of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>Sent into bat, 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). <p></p> <p></p>Karun Nair also made a fine 8-ball 17 to help his side's cause. And then Karnataka bowlers dished out a fine death over bowling display to restrict Tamil Nadu to 179 for six in their 20 overs. <p></p> <p></p>All Tamil Nadu batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise 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 a hope. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Dominance! <p></p>2018 &#x2705; <p></p>2019 &#x2705; <p></p> <p></p>Yet another Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy title for Karnataka. <p></p> <p></p>For full scorecard - <a href="https://t.co/A0AkLqDVNZ">https://t.co/A0AkLqDVNZ</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KARvTN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KARvTN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Paytm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paytm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MushtaqAliT20?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MushtaqAliT20</a> <a href="https://t.co/UZeWgnK5Go">pic.twitter.com/UZeWgnK5Go</a></p> <p></p> BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCIdomestic/status/1201193224292855808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p></p> <p></p>After Aparajith's dismissal, Shankar and Ravichandran Ashwin (16 not out) kept Tamil Nadu in the hunt but they fell short of chasing down the target in the end. <p></p> <p></p>Needing 13 runs from the last over, Ashwin struck two consecutive boundaries off Krsihnappa Gowtham to reduce the margin but Shankar's run out two balls later cost Tamil Nadu dearly. <p></p> <p></p>Needing three off the last ball, Murugan Ashwin could only manage one as Karnataka captured the title for the second consecutive time. <p></p> <p></p>In the Karnataka innings, Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin (2/33) and offie Ravichandran Ashwin (2/34) scalped two wickets apiece.