NORTHAMPTON: Abhinav Mukund shone with a fluent century after Virender Sehwag made a disappointing return to cricket as India scored 327 for seven on the first day of their warm-up match against Northamptonshire here today.

Though the visitors made enough runs, the ones who needed to prosper again drew blank on a track that was not really condusive for pace bowlers.

Most of the top-order batsmen were again found wanting against a mediocre attack on a far from intimidating track.

The much-heralded return of Sehwag (8) ended early and Gautam Gambhir (18) was also back in the hut in the first session. In the final two hours, the failures of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2) and Suresh Raina (33) rankled the visitors.

Sehwag batted for just 30 minutes in the Indian innings, before he was adjudged lbw to fast bowler David Burton, who has not represented Northants in a first-class match since September 2010.

In between, left-hander Abhinav Mukund (113), VVS Laxman (49) and Amit Mishra (48 not out) helped themselves to some useful runs, but the other batsmen's failures hardly lifted the mood in the camp.

While Sehwag and Gambhir fell leg before wicket in the pre-lunch session, Dhoni and Raina departed in the final session after being squared up Luke Evans' lifting deliveries.

Dhoni strode to the middle after young Mukund was made to retire on his tea-time score of 113.

Mukund's innings is good news for the Indians as Suesh Raina, the other left-hander, did not seem too comfortable against the short-pitched stuffs.

Mukund reached his century when he drove Best down the ground for a single. He had till then faced 138 balls and hit 17 fours.

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