Skipper Ishan Kishan came to the rescue of his side with an unbeaten 40 to enable Board President's XI reach 134 for 5 at stumps on the opening day of the warm-up match against England Lions here Sunday.
Sent into bat, England Lions declared their innings at 145 for 6 in 60 overs.
Ankit Rajpoot did most of the damage for the Board President, returning with figures of 4/22.
Sam Hain was the top scorer (40 not out) for the Lions while opener Max Holden contributed 38 runs.
Ben Duckett, who has opened for England in Tests, fell to a second-ball duck, leg-before wicket to Rajpoot. Skipper Sam Billings, who enjoyed a good run in the unofficial limited-overs series against India 'A', was also dismissed for a duck.
In reply, BP XI was in trouble at 7 for 2, losing Dhruv Shorey (5) and Ricky Bhui (0) before Akshath Reddy (14) and Siddesh Lad (27) steadied the ship with a 35-run partnership.
Kishan then took over and stitched useful partnerships with Lad and Priyam Garg (26, 25 balls).
Brief scores: England Lions 145 for 6 in 60 overs (Sam Hain 40 not out, Ankit Rajpoot 4 for 20) vs Board President's XI 134 for 5 in 30 overs (Ishan Kishan 40 batting).