Jharkhand won the toss and elected to field but the soggy outfield forced the umpires to start the match after lunch.
Taking advatage of the condition, Jharkhand pace duo S S Rao and Kuldeep Sharma struck early by picking up the wickets of Madhya Pradesh openers Mudassar Pasha (6) and Naman Ojha (1) respectively.
But Jatin Saxena stood like a rock and captain Brijesh Tomar (19) joined him after D Bundela's departure for 1 as Rao took his second scalp.
Saxena added 67 runs with Tomar for the fourth wicket which was broken by Sunny Gupta when Tomar gave a bat-pad catch at silly point to Ratan Kumar.
Jatin's unbeaten knock was studded with five hit to the fence.
Jalaj Sharma remained not out without facing a ball when the match was called off due to bad light.