In a tour game, the home team is looking to lay down the gauntlet to the visitors. They are looking to set the agenda for the matches ahead and the India A team started the day with similar intent.
The lost Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane early but then Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj gave their wickets away after getting to their fifties with relative ease. By close, India A had reached 369 for the loss of 9 wickets but remember this was also an attack that was missing fast bowler Steve Finn, who went off due to a thigh injury. Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar were also not playing.
But there were positives for India also. Yuvraj Singh looked very good but he was dropped off the first ball he faced. And later in the day, Tiwary (93) came up with a minor classic of his own to guide India A to a competitive total.
Sports writer Ayaz Memon was at the Brabourne stadium to watch the game and he felt that the batsmen were impetuous early on.
"Well, i think they were impetuous. The top five or six batsmen all got off to starts but failed to get a really big one. So I think they have lost an opportunity. It's a tour game and you don't want to give the opposition a chance. All the top five batsmen spent time in the middle and they have looked to grind out a big score.
"Yuvraj and Mukund were both very strokeful but having got to their half-centuries, they should have aimed to get big centuries. Mukund was a little unlucky but I think Yuvraj got drunk on his own prowess."
Maybe the India A was trying to do to England what Mumbai had done to Australia in 1998. Shane Warne was smashed for 111 runs in his 16 overs and that set the tone of the series. Warne was never a factor after that.
Even though, India's batsmen got off to good starts today, they couldn't do the same to Swann. In fact, the England spinner ended up with 3-90, which for the first day of the tour is a pretty good return against a very decent batting outfit.
"The idea perhaps was to grab the psychological advantage, which is not a bad tactic but you need to make it work. If it works, it's great but if it doesn't then you can end up looking a little shoddy."
But anyway which way, it was a good opportunity for players on both sides to check out their strengths and weaknesses. However, one man won't be walking on to the field again. Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement from all forms of the game and honestly, it hasn't come a moment too soon.
"He is doing a great job as a commentator and that's what he should concentrate on now."
Watch the entire discussion between Sports Editor Ashish Magotra and Ayaz Memon on various topics from the tour game and Sourav Ganguly to day/night Tests.