Canberra: Cricket Australia Chairman's XI were 58/1 in reply to India's 269 all out in their first innings on the second day of their three-day practice match until after lunch on Tuesday. (Agencies)
Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja were at the crease on 33 and 20 respectively after captain and opening batsman David Warner was out for just two in the fourth ball of the day bowled by Abhimanyu Mithun.
The home side have faced 15 overs so far at the Manuka Oval.
Earlier, Virat Kohli smashed a scintillating 132 from just 171 balls to single-handedly take India to 269 from 79.1 overs.
Another Indian to have done his chances no harm for the first Test starting on December 26 was medium-pacer Abhimanyu Mithun who claimed Warner in his very first over as the home side took lunch at 6/1.
But for Kohli, the other Indian batsmen failed, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who holed out to mid-on after scratching together three runs from 12 balls as Indians were dismissed for 269 about half an hour before lunch break.
Left-arm spinner Jon Holland reaped the maximum reward from the morning session to finish with 6/70, an unlikely hero since pace and swing was expected to cause trouble to the Indians.
Impressive medium-fast bowler Peter George set the rot in by dismissing overnight batsman Rohit Sharma (47) on a mistimed hook at fine leg but not before the young Indian batsman had put on 101 runs for the fifth wicket with Kohli.
Holland then took over, dismissing Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin (4), Kohli, Zaheer Khan (0) and Abhimanyu Mithun (0) for morning figures of 5/33 from 9.1 overs.
The 25-year-old Holland visited India with the Australian squad last year but did not play in any scheduled seven ODIs.
A naturally attacking spinner, Holland relied on his subtle change in pace besides on sharply turning deliveries to account for his success.
The stage though firmly belonged to Kohli who struck 18 fours and two sixes for his 132 runs from 171 balls.
Kohli was in no trouble against all-comers from the home side attack and even hit Holland for two sixes down the ground before the left-arm spinner had his revenge.
The young batsman was unbeaten on 55 last night and lost little time in reaching the three-figure mark even as wickets kept falling at the other end.
The Delhi batsman, who has played four Tests against the West Indies and scored 191 runs for an average of 27.28, was touted to face stiff challenge from Rohit Sharma who has been in outstanding touch in recent times.
But, it seems that today's innings has secured Kohli's berth in the Indian middle order for the first Test starting in Melbourne on December 26.
In the three overs possible before lunch in home side innings, pacer Zaheer Khan did not appear on the field though he did bat earlier in the day, lasting a mere three balls without bothering the scorer.
Encouragingly for India, on the sidelines, Ishant Sharma ran around in the field during the lunch break to grab some high catches, suggesting his troublesome left ankle might be on the mend for the good.
Canberra: Cricket Australia Chairman's XI were 58/1 in reply to India's 269 all out in their first innings on the second day of their three-day practice match until after lunch on Tuesday.