England wait on Finn injury
Steven Finn gave England cause for concern as he limped out of the attack with a thigh problem on day one of their India tour.
Finn exited proceedings this morning and was expected to have a scan to identify the source of discomfort in his right leg.
The 6ft 7in seamer aborted the second over of his second spell and had to be replaced by medium-pacer Jonathan Trott.
Alastair Cook’s initial experience on his first tour as permanent Test captain was a tough one as India A’s talented batting line-up yielded 369 for nine by stumps.
Manoj Tiwary, who top-scored with 93, and Irfan Pathan added to Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh’s fifties in this three-day game at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed one of our fast bowlers had to go off,” said Tim Bresnan, who claimed 3-59.
“But it’s one of those things where you just have to step up a bit, and each of you has to take on his responsibility.”
Finn was set to have a scan this evening, and an update on his fitness is anticipated tomorrow.
Bresnan added: “We’re not sure what’s happening. The doc will check him out back at the hotel. All we know is it’s hurting, and scans will reveal more.”
Mukund was the dominant, but not always convincing, force throughout the morning session, making 41 of the first 50 runs and numbering 12 fours in his 57-ball half-century after the hosts won the toss.
Yuvraj provided the impetus either side of lunch and then, after England had chipped away to the tune of 190 for six, Tiwary and Irfan shut the door again in a century stand.
The majority of Mukund’s early boundaries came off the edge on a pitch of decent pace, but the left-handed opener grew in confidence.
Bresnan had a hand in the first two wickets.
First, replacing Finn after his three overs with the new ball, he was alert, agile and accurate enough - with an under-armed direct-hit - to run out Murali Vijay after Mukund called his partner through for a sharp single dropped into the leg side.
As James Anderson took a breather and then Finn went off, Bresnan was rewarded for his efforts again when he found alarming extra bounce from barely short of a length to have Ajinkya Rahane edging a simple catch off the shoulder of the bat to Kevin Pietersen at gully.
It took another seven minutes, however, for Rahane’s dismissal to be confirmed as the umpires - in accordance with new International Cricket Council protocol - ordered what proved to be a laborious check to rule out a no-ball.
Once under way again at last, Bresnan would have had two wickets in two balls had Samit Patel managed to hold on to a sharp, low catch at midwicket.
Instead, Yuvraj escaped the indignity of a golden duck as he continues his comeback following his recovery from lung cancer - and he went on to punish Patel with two fours and a six over long-on when the all-rounder came on for his first over of left-arm spin.
On the stroke of lunch, England at last had something else to smile about when Mukund fell for 73 to a smart catch at short-leg by Ian Bell off Graeme Swann, who took 3-90, to end a near run-a-ball stand of 56.
Yuvraj stayed on the attack, milking the spinners in particular as he hit seven fours in his fifty and brought up the milestone with his third six - straight off Swann.
By then, captain Suresh Raina was gone for 20 to another Bell catch at short-leg - this time off Patel - and Yuvraj was stumped off Swann for 59 as he went in search of a fifth maximum.
Anderson returned to deceive Wriddhiman Saha on 20 with reverse-swing, playing no shot lbw. But Tiwary, watchful at first, and Irfan had plenty of power to add in 110-run partnership.
Swann eventually had the left-hander lbw for 46, pushing forward, and Bresnan yorked Tiwary to end his 150-ball stay.
The Yorkshireman doubled up by bowling Ashok Dinda first ball as England stuck to their task on a boundary-laden day, on which Vinay Kumar closed with 25 not out.