England are sweating over the fitness of Steven Finn with the fast-bowler facing a scan after injuring his thigh in the opening warm-up match against India A in Mumbai.
Finn left the field of play inside the first hour after reporting a problem with his right thigh, with results still be confirmed over his continued participation in the tour.
His absence for the four-match test series would be a significant blow to England's attempts to win a first series for 27 years, and would potentially be forced to make-way for either Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions.
Having bowled three overs unscathed, Finn's second spell lasted just one over as he left the field with questions remaining surrounding his continued part in one of the most gruelling tours in world cricket.
Kevin Pietersen was recalled to the England team for their opening tour match against India A, and after winning the toss, the hosts opted to bat with Vuvraj Singh, who due to his recovery from cancer last featured in a test match 11 months ago, included in the team.
And it didn't take long for Vuvraj to become involved as England claimed two early scalps on the opening day of the three-day match.
Tim Bresnan ran-out Murali Vijay (7) and then Pietersen caught Ajinkya Rahane off Bresnan leaving India A 57 for 2 in the 16th over.
Abhinav Mukund's resistance ended when he snared to Ian Bell at short-leg off Graeme Swann for 73 before Suresh Raina (20) was again taken by the close-in fielder, this time Samit Patel the successful bowler.
Vuvraj (59) dealt in boundaries before succumbing to Swann and when Wriddhiman Saha (20) was trapped lbw by James Anderson, who home side were on the brink at 160 for 6.
But Manoj Tiwary (93) and Irfan Pathan (46) rebuilt the innings, prior to being dismissed by Bresnan and Swann respectively, before the Yorkshire seamer bowled Parvinder Awana to leave India A 369 for 9 at the close.
While the performances of Swann (3-90) and Bresnan (3-59) will give England encouragement, their showing with the bat on day two will be the first indication whether they can deal with slow surfaces in the sub-continent; a major concern heading into the four-match series against India and the subsequent one-day internationals.
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