Maharashtra opener Swapnil Gugale hit on a century as the hosts driven their way to 298 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group A game on Thursday for 3 against Mumbai. Put in to bat in the MCA International Stadium at Gahunje on the outskirts of town, Gugale (101) along with his opening partner Chirag Khurana (71) put a good foundation with a 146-run stand.
The two batsmen, using their effective stroke drama, made life difficult for Mumbai bowlers, who missed the experience of pacers Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande, both out with injuries.
The 27-year-old Gugale struck 15 fours in his knock that was 191-ball, while Khurana notched 12 in his stay in the wicket. After Khurana fell, one down Jay Pande (68 not out) joined Gugale as both shared a 52-run stand.
Skipper Rahul Tripathi (25 not out) was holding the fort with Pande in stumps.
At Vadodara, Baroda bowled Chhattisgarh for a paltry 129 out after which overhauled the entire to be by the close. Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah, who is currently playing his final game, directed from the front, since the hosts managed to post 288 for 9 against 35, scoring a valiant 97.
At Valsad, Piyush Chawla slammed an unbeaten century to take hosts Gujarat against Railways to 340/8. By scoring a 69, Gujarat skipper Priyank Panchal also demonstrated his mettle.