India v England: Graeme Swann keeps the hosts in check on day one
India v England: Graeme Swann takes four wickets to limit the hosts to 323-4 on day one of the first Test in Ahmedabad
Graeme Swann captured all four wickets to limit India to 323-4 on day one of the first Test in Ahmedabad.
The off-spinner practically carried England through the day, with figures of 32-5-85-4, including the prize wickets of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Cheteshwar Pujara, playing in his fifth Test, finished the day on 98 not out, with Yuvraj Singh (24 no) playing in his 37th Test and his first in over a year after recovering from cancer.
Earlier, Sehwag had blasted a run-a-ball 117 to leave Alastair Cook’s men staring down the barrel at 223-1 after 50 overs.
It was a typically characteristic knock from the 34-year-old, smashing England’s attack for 15 boundaries and a six.
Before the match, Sehwag faced accusations of fitness problems and waning powers but once again his critics were silenced with his 23rd Test hundred and his second against England.
One batsman who will still face murmurings of declining abilities, despite his superstar status, is Tendulkar.
The Little Master was dismissed inexplicably for 13, caught at deep midwicket off Swann four minutes before the tea interval.
It was a real turning point in proceedings and Tendulkar will be kicking himself for allowing England back into it with such a poor shot so close to the break.
With Swann bowling with such effectiveness, many will wonder whether Monty Panesar should have played ahead of Samit Patel or one of the seamers, who shared combined figures of 44 wicketless overs for 193 runs.