An unbeaten ton by Anirudh Singh helped Hyderabad pile up 254 for three against Maharashtra in a truncated first day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Chhatrapati Shivaji stadium in Karad on Thursday.
Hyderabad's top order responded splendidly after captain VVS Laxman elected to bat first on an untested track.
D Ravi Teja (81) and Singh posted a 121-run second wicket partnership to give the visitors a strong foundation.
But India batsman VVS Laxman failed to make the most of the opportunity as he was dismissed after a laboured knock of 31 off 75 balls.
Hyderabad (1st innings):
T Suman c Satbhai b Khadiwale 16
D Ravi Teja c Takawale b Burkul 84
Anirudh Singh not out 100
VVS Laxman st Satbhai b R Jadhav 31
A Rayudu not out 7
Extras: (lb 4, w 2, nb 5, pen 5) 16
Total: (3 wickets; 70 overs) 254
To bat: D Vinay Kumar, I Khaleel, PK Reddy, P Ojha, NP Singh, PIS Reddy
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-167, 3-230.
Bowling: S Burkul 19-1-72-1, A Sanclecha 11-4-30-0, H Khadiwale 6-2-20-1, R Jadhav 17-2-68-1, S Bahutule 10-0-34-0, S Sriram 7-0-21-0.