India A in command against England
After a shaky start, India A was brought back into the game by Yuvraj Singh and Abhinav Mukund. Manoj Tiwary provided the topping on the cake at the Brabourne Stadium.
India A opted to bat first in the practice game in Mumbai. But England seized the momentum upfront with a run out to send back in-form Murali Vijay. Ajinkya Rahane didn't last long either. (AP & AFP Photos)
Abhinav Mukund came up with a brilliant counter-attack scoring 73 runs off 83 balls. His innings included 16 fours.
Yuvraj Singh showed his double-hundred in the Duleep Trophy wasn't just because of a batting-friendly pitch as he scored a quick 59 in 80 balls. He hit 4 sixes.
Captaining of the team, Suresh Raina couldn't carry for too long as Samit Patel got the better of him. Fighting for the No.6 spot in the India team, this was disappointing show from Raina.
Graeme Swann showed why England is banking heavily on him on the spin-friendly Indian pitches as he picked up three important wickets.
It was a matter of real interest to see how Kevin Pietersen and the team get along with each. KP fielded throughout the day and all looked pretty fine among everyone.
Tim Bresnan was the pick of the pacers for England as he picked up three crucial wickets.
England would be happy to pick up 9 wickets on the first day, but Steven Finn limping off the ground will keep them worried ahead of the Test series.
Manoj Tiwary emerged a strong contender for the No. 6 slot in the India team as he steadied India A with a fine 93 after the fall of Yuvraj and Mukund.