Mumbai in command against Gujarat

Valsad: Mumbai`s top-order fired in unison to steer their team to a commanding position against Gujarat at the end of the first day`s play of their Ranji Trophy Group A Elite match here on Wednesday.

At stumps on day one, Mumbai were comfortably placed at 282 for two, with Ajinkya Rahane (54) and skipper Wasim Jaffer (46) at crease, here at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.

Electing to bat first, the visitors got off to a great start through openers Sahil Kukreja and Onkar Gurav to lay out a solid platform for Mumbai.

The duo made Gujarat bowlers toil hard as the hosts unsuccessfully tried to take wickets.

Kukreja and Gurav went on to put up a 166-run stand together for the opening wicket, while completing their half-centuries each in the process, although both of them failed to reach their respective hundreds.

Kukreja was the first one to depart, falling to Siddharth Trivedi after playing some fabulous shots for a well-made 81 off 150 balls, including 10 hits to the fence.

Gurav also soon followed his partner into the dressing room after hitting a fine 195-ball 89 studded with nine boundaries.

However, Rahane and Jaffer did not let the advantage slip out of their hands and took over from where the openers had left, to keep Mumbai on top throughout the day.

Rahane also reached his half-century today, besides sharing an unbeaten 99-run stand with Jaffer.

For Gujarat, only Ishwar Choudhary and Trivedi could finish with a wicket each.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 1st innings: 282 for 2 in 90 overs (Sahil Kukreja 81, Onkar Gurav 89, Ajinkya Rahane batting 54; Ishwar Choudhary 1/57).