At 80 for 2 in their second innings, they need a further 174 runs to win and seal a 2-0 series victory after mounting a determined fightback in the field on yesterday's fourth day.
India A, having resumed on 204 for 2, were coasting along at 300 for 4 but Ian Salisbury then took two wickets in nine balls with his leg-spin to swing the pendulum back England's way.
The left-arm spinners, Min Patel and Richard Stemp, captured a wicket each, while Patel ran out Sairaj Bahutule with a brilliant pick-up and throw from the fine-leg boundary.
Dominic Cork, who had made two important strikes with the second new ball in the morning, then returned to cut short a stubborn last-wicket stand of 22.
Chasing 254 to win, England lost Michael Vaughan for a single run and, just before the close, Jason Gallian for 37, while Nick Knight remained undefeated on 39.
(Fourth day: India A won toss)
INDIA A - First Innings 216 (U Chatterjee 72no).
ENGLAND - First Innings 316 (J E R Gallian 77, A P Wells 93; P L K Mhambrey 4-63).
INDIA A - Second Innings (Overnight: 204 for 2)
V S Rathore c Nixon b Cork 127
R Dravid c Nixon b Cork 52
*P K Amre c Wells b Salisbury 43
S C Ganguly b Salisbury 25
S V Bahutule run out 15
V S Yadav c Knight b Patel 4
U Chatterjee c Nixon b Stemp 10
R K Chauhan lbw b Cork 11
P L K Mhambrey not out 11
Extras (b11 lb5 nb3) 19
Total (129.3 overs) 353
Fall (cont): 3-222 4-239 5-300 6-301 7-319 8-326 9-331.
Bowling: Cork 19.3-1-53-3; Chapple 21-8-47-0; Stemp 42-12-104-2; Salisbury 14-0-57-2; Patel 33-7-76-2.
ENGLAND A - Second Innings N V Knight not out 39
M P Vaughan lbw b Ganguly 1
J E R Gallian st Yadav b Chauhan 37
M M Patel not out 0
Extras (lb1 nb2) 3
Total (for 2, 26 overs) 80
Fall: 1-4 2-77.
To bat: *A P Wells, D L Hemp, D G Cork, P A Nixon, G Chapple, I D K Salisbury, R D Stemp.
Bowling: Mhambrey 5-0-21-0; Ganguly 3-0-13-1; Chatterjee 5-0-21-0; Chauhan 8-3-17-1; Bahutule 5-1-7-0.
Umpires: A V Jayaprakash and S K Bansal.Reuse content