Chennai: A brilliant century by 19 year-old debutant Abhinav Mukund (108) and an unbeaten 93 by skipper S Badrinath enabled Tamil Nadu to see thro' the first day's play with a respectable score of 289/5 in their first essay in the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie against Karnataka here at M A Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.
Tamil Nadu going into the match under pressure with just one point from two matches, won the toss and put up a confident show with the bat as Mukund and Badri combined well.
Mukund, the new young talent discovered on the India U-19 tour to Sri Lanka recently where he caught the attention of the talent spotters with a double ton and a ton in the same match, compiled his score in 266 minutes off 176 balls with the help of 13 fours before being run out.
With Badri, who is batting on 93 off 212 balls hitting seven fours and two sixes, Abhinav added 139 runs for the third wicket in 161 minutes.
Mukund is the seventh Tamil Nadu batsmen to score a century on debut in Ranji trophy. P Ramesh, Tony Adams, Mujibur Rehman, Sadagopan Ramesh, Reuben Paul and Hemant Kumar were the others to score ton in debut match.
Badri was at the crease with another debutant C H Gopinath (3), the wicket-keeper picked in place of Dinesh Karthick, who is representing India in the ongoing first Test against Pakistan.
For Karnataka , medium pacer N C Ayappa(2 for 52), R Vinaykuma(1 for 37) and left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi(1 for 67) picked up the wickets.
Brief Scores (D-1):
Tamil Nadu 289 for 5 ( Abhinav Mukund 108, S Badrinath 93 n o; Aiyappa 2 for 52, Vinay Kumar 1 for 37, Sunil Joshi 1 for 67) Vs Karnataka.