Lanky paceman Steven Finn grabbed four wickets and leg-spinner Adil Rasheed took three to show some early form in the two-day tour game against Pakistan ‘A’ in Sharjah on Thursday. Finn took 4 for 16 in his probing 15 overs, while Rasheed had figures of 3 for 53 in 19 overs, as England decided to give its bowlers more of a work out after winning the toss on the first day. For Pakistan ‘A’, comprising of the country’s best performers in domestic matches, Test discard Adnan Akmal (74 not out), Sami Aslam (43) and Umar Amin (39) managed to put up some fight in an unimpressive 192 for nine at close.

Finn, recalled to the Test side in the recently concluded Ashes after a break of two years, staked his claims by taking two wickets in his first seven overs. He dismissed opener Khurram Manzoor and Ali Asad and then had two more wickets in his second spell after lunch as Pakistan ‘A’ struggled to 73 for six.

Adnan and Amin then added 93 for the seventh wicket to rescue the hosts before spinners Samit Patel (2 for 31) and Rasheed cleaned up the tail. “Having only bowled four or five-over spells in the nets, to then get 15 overs under my belt in a game situation, I felt good for it,” said Finn, who was part of the squad when England was routed by Pakistan 3-0 in 2012 but did not play in any Test.

The second practice game is the last opportunity for England before the first Test from October 13. The other two Tests will be played in Dubai from October 22-26 and in Sharjah from November 1-5. Both teams will also play four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.