Virender Sehwag's -- he made six -- batting woes continued while Aakash Chopra (18), Rahul Dravid (22), VVS Laxman (14) and Yuvraj Singh (14) failed to tick as Ganguly-led India Seniors put up an unimpressive show at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The highest partnership for India Seniors came for the tenth wicket -- between Harbhajan and Kumble who shared a 58-run enterprising partnership, coming together when the team's score read a pathetic 155 for nine wickets and then enabling the outfit to cross the 200 mark.
At seven wickets down for 136, India Seniors faced the prospect of a follow-on but Ganguly, who executed some elegant shots, and tailenders Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble saved the day for them.
The dismal performance by the big boys raised doubts over their level of preparation for the crucial series against Aussies.
At stumps, Dinesh Mongia-led India 'A' were 47 for the loss of the wicket of Gautham Gambhir (0), who was caught by Ganguly off Zaheer Khan.
Dheeraj Jadhav was batting on 27 and Mongia on 19 at the close.
Ganguly, whose 104-ball knock had nine fours, stood among the ruins as the star-studded batting line-up collapsed against a second-rung attack. India seniors wickets fell at regular intervals..Bihar's wicket-keeper-batsman M S Dhoni shone behind the wickets, taking three catches to get Chopra, Laxman and Yuvraj out.
The day also belonged to Joginder Sharma. As the luck would have it, the Haryana medium-pacer, who was not even in the India 'A' playing eleven, was drafted into the team on the second day today after Ashish Nehra hurt his ankle.
Sharma took three wickets for 42 runs, while Amit Bhandari and Murali Kartik had three scalps each.
India Seniors first innings
Aakash Chopra c Dhoni b Bhandari 18
Virender Sehwag c Kaif b Bhandari 6
Rahul Dravid c Jadhav b Sharma 22
V V S Laxman c Dhoni b Sharma 14
Sourav Ganguly c Sriram b Kartik 65
Yuvraj Singh c Dhoni b Sharma 14
Parthiv Patel c Dhoni b S S Paul 04
Irfan Pathan c Bhandari b Kartik 02
Zaheer Khan b Bhandari 02
Anil Kumble not out 20
Harbhajan Singh b Kartik 35
Extras (1b, 1lb, 9nb) 11
Total (all out in 66 overs) 213
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-35, 3-60, 4-68, 5-99, 6-129, 7-136, 8-155, 9-155
India 'A' bowling: Bhandari 15-4-56-3; Paul 13-4-34-1; Sharma 13-1-42-3; Kartik 24-8-73-3; Dinesh Mongia
India 'A' second innings:
Dheeraj Jadhav batting 27
Gautham Gambhir c S Ganguly b Zaheer Khan 0
Dinesh Mongia batting 19
Extras (1nb) 1
Total (for one wicket, in 15 overs) 47
Fall of wicket: 1-6.
India Seniors bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-22-0; Zaheer Khan 5-2-9-1; Sidharth Trivedi 2-0-6-0; Harbhajan 2-1-6-0; Anil Kumble 2-0-4-0.
(Note: Trivedi was not in the India Seniors playing eleven but was allowed to bowl in place of Yuvraj Singh who did not take to the field).