New Delhi:Ajinkya Rahane struck a brilliant unbeaten century and shared an unbroken 207-run partnership with Amol Muzumdar to power Mumbai to 279 for 2 on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Super League match against Delhi at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Sunday.
Rahane, who stayed on the middle for 312 minutes, came out with some creditable batting and remained unbeaten on 151 when the day's play was called off by the umpires due to bad light.
The Mumbai batsman hit 22 delectable boundaries during his long innings and found a able ally in Muzumdar, who made an unbeaten 78.
Opting to bat first, the visitors suffered an early jolt when opener Sahil Kukreja (10) being dismissed cheaply by Parvinder Awana in the 15th over of the day.
Delhi pacer Sumit Narwal, who replaced injured Ashish Nehra, capitalised on the early moisture on the track to pick up Wasim Jaffer's (29) wicket as skipper Aakash Chopra pouched him at second slip in the 27th over.
But after that the home team bowlers failed to tighten the grip further and did away with their early advantage as Rahane and Muzumdar started gaining confidence.
Rahane, who started on an attacking note sending the first delivery off Awana for four runs, completed his century in 203 minutes.
Muzumdar, on the other end, struck nine boundaries en route to his unbeaten 78, which came in 246 minutes. He reached his 50-run mark at the expense of 107 balls.
Besides hammering the Delhi bowlers, both the batsmen showed consummate ease in stealing singles finding the gaps between fielders only to add to the frustration of hosts' bowlers.
Chopra used as many as seven bowlers but their efforts were clearly not enough to break the determination of the Mumbai duo, who were playing on a flat surface which did not offer anything to the bowlers.
For Delhi, Narwal bagged one wicket for 32 runs, while Awana took one for 61.
"I am happy to play the big innings for my team. Though in the initial hours, the pitch was a bit difficult to bat on, we decided to be patient and stay on the wicket," Rahane said after the match.