Vineet Saxena (114) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (119) came up with twin centuries to guide Rajasthan to 269 for two against Mumbai on day one of the Ranji Trophy Group A match, here today.
Saxena and Kanitkar forged a massive 220-run partnership for the second wicket to put Rajasthan in a commanding position after Mumbai won the toss and asked the hosts to take first strike at KL Saini Ground.
Saxena cracked as many as 15 fours and one six in his 301-ball unbeaten innings, while Kanitkar took 192 balls for his century which was laced with 17 boundaries.
At the draw of stumps, Robin Bist (14) was giving company to Saxena.
For Mumbai, Kshemal Waingankar and Ankeet Chavan took one wicket each.
Earlier, Rajasthan did not have a good start as they lost Ankit Lamba (9) only in the second over, courtesy Waingankar, who had the opener caught by skipper Rohit Sharma.
However, that didn't had any affect on the hosts as Saxena and Kanitkar ressurected the innings and lifted Rajasthan to 230 in 75 overs. The skipper was finally dismissed when he was trapped in front of wicket by Chavan.
Bist and Saxena then added another 39 runs in the remaining 15 overs of the day. With some good players still to bat, Rajasthan will be looking to post a big score tomorrow.
Brief Score: Rajasthan 269-2 in 90 overs (V Saxena 114, H Kanitkar 119; A Chavan 1/35).
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