Ahmedabad: Abhinav Mukund and Subramaniam Badrinath smashed centuries to put Tamil Nadu in a commanding position by reaching 283 for two on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Gujarat on Tuesday.

Opener Mukund remained not out on 150, which he made from 264 balls and with the help of 24 boundaries, while Badrinath scored 102 from 214 balls and with the help of 14 fours.

The duo shared 223 runs from 70.5 overs for the second wicket after the other opener Murali Vijay was out for a duck in the very first over of the day bowled by Ishwar Chaudhary, after Tamil Nadu had elected to bat at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.

The Gujarat bowlers were sent for a leather hunt after the first success and they had to toil till midway into the final session of the day, when Badrinath fell lbw to Chaudhary.

At stumps, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was giving Mukund company on 25.

For Gujarat, Chaudhary was the only wicket taker with 2/61.

Placed at the top of Group B with 14 points from four matches, Tamil Nadu are assured of a place in the knock-out round.

Gujarat, on the other hand, are still not out of danger of being relegated as they are lying seventh among eight teams, with seven points from four matches, just two more than bottom-placed Bengal.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu:
283 for two from 90 overs (Abhinav Mukund 150 not out, S Badrinath 102; Ishwar Chaudhary 2/61).

Marathe helps Mumbai reach 203/3 on day one

Sushant Marathe cracked a brilliant century and added 189 runs for the opening wicket with Kaustubh Pawar to help Mumbai reach 203 for three against Uttar Pradesh on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match on Tuesday.

Marathe scored 102 in 163 balls studded with 15 fours, while Pawar hit a patient 76 off 191 balls, laced with 10 boundaries at Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium here to give Mumbai a rollicking start.

Electing to bat, Mumbai raked up runs with consummate ease before losing Marathe, Abhishek Nayar (4) and Pawar in quick succession in the last session to slip from 189 for no loss to 203 for three in 62.1 over.

For UP, Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two for 64, while Piyush Chawla took one wicket for 40 on the first day of the match, which started nearly two hours behind the schedule due to cold and fog.

Night watchman Dhawal Kulkarni (2) and Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer (0) were at the crease at the draw of stumps.

It's a do or die situation for UP, which lost its last match against Railways by an innings, and needs a good performance to remain in race for the title.

Brief scores:

Mumbai first innings: 203 for three (Kaustubh Pawar 76, Shashank Marathe 102; Bhuvnesh 2/64, Chawla 1/40.)

(Agencies)