Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann grabbed three wickets each as England struggled to contain an aggressive India A lineup which notched 369-9 on the opening day Tuesday of a three-day practice game.
Pace bowler Bresnan took 3-59 and offspinner Swann 3-90.
Bresnan dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (4), Manoj Tiwary (93) and Ashok Dinda (0) while Swann accounted for Abhinav Mukund (73), Yuvraj Singh (59) and Irfan Pathan (46).
Tiwary struck a defiant 150-ball knock with 12 fours while opener Mukund (16 fours) and Yuvraj (seven fours, four sixes) played some fine strokes after India A elected to bat.
Fast bowler Steve Finn went off the field after bowling only four overs due to a hamstring injury for which he underwent scans.
England is scheduled to play two more practice games before it chases its first test series win in India in 28 years. The first of four tests starts on Nov. 15.
India A 369-9 (Manoj Tiwary 93, Abhinav Mukund 73, Yuvraj Singh 59, Irfan Pathan 46, Tim Bresnan 3-59, Graeme Swann 3-90) vs. England XI.