India v England: It was important we stopped super Sehwag, says Swann

India v England: Graeme Swann admits Virender Sehwag was an important wicket after hosts close on 323-4 on day one

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India's Virender Sehwag hit 117 on day one of the first Test Photo: sihagjat, via Flickr

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Graeme Swann admitted dismissing Virender Sehwag was key after the England spinner took four wickets to restrict India to 323-4 on day one of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

The hosts made a strong start in the morning session until Swann finally made the breakthrough at 134 without loss, ousting Gautam Gambhir.

The 33-year-old removed Sehwag after the India batsman had notched up an impressive 117 runs, with Swann also dismissing Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli before the end of play.

“It was a tough first session. We know Sehwag can bat like that and he was superb for the first two hours,” Swann told Sky Sports.

“It was important getting him out and I thought we bounced back very well in that second session. We fielded very well, better than we did in the first session, bowled better as a team and it was nice to get some wickets myself.

“We said we couldn’t let the game drift away from us. We had to win that second session and I think we did that by being more disciplined, bowling straighter, and we got our rewards.”

After a difficult opening day, Swann admitted Alastair Cook’s men need early wickets on Friday morning to give themselves a chance.

“We need to take quick wickets in the morning. We need to keep them down to 400/450 and match or better that ourselves,” he said.

“India have got some quality spinners so we know that when we bat we are going to have to do it well.”

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