Albert TUTI Patriots won the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League by defeating Chepauk Super Gillies by 122 runs in the final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday.
The Patriots put up a huge total of 215/2. Half-centuries from Kaushik Gandhi (59), Abhinav Mukund (82 not-out) and Dinesh Karthik (55) helped them go past 200. In reply, Super Gillies were all out for 93.
It was Patriots all the way right from the word go as they won the toss and elected to bat first.
Openers Gandhi and Mukund made the most of the occasion and were a delight to watch as they timed the ball sweetly and found gaps with absolute precision.
Gillies' bowlers was carted to all parts of the park by the duo as Patriots crossed the 100-run mark in just 11.1 overs.
The pair put on the fourth century opening partnership of the tournament - scoring 132 runs of 84 balls.
Gandhi scored his third fifty of the tournament and finished as the second-highest run-getter with a tally of 366.
Sai Kishore eventually ended that partnership when he dismissed Gandhi, but Mukund and Karthik continued the onslaught.
Gillies were bamboozled by Moorthi (4 for 11) - the scorecard reading 0/4 at the end of the first over.
Five wickets were lost in the power-play and Gillies never recovered from those early blows.
Brief scores: Albert TUTI Patriots 215/2 in 20 overs (Abhinav Mukund 82 not out, 52b, 12x4, 1x6, Kaushik Gandhi 59, 43b, 6x4, 2x6, Dinesh Karthik 55, 26b, 5x4,4x6; Sai Kishore 1/35) beat Chepauk Super Gillies 93 all out in 18.5 overs (Vasanth Saravanan 30, 33b, 4x4; Ganesh Moorthi 4/11, L Balaji 2/8) by 122 runs