AHMEDABAD – Opener Virender Sehwag hit a run-a-ball 117 to lead India’s run-charge as they reached 323 for 4 by the close of the first day against England in Ahmedabad today.
Graeme Swann (4-85) was the only successful England bowler as the tourists rued the lack of a second front-line spinner on a pitch that is already taking turn.
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (45) put on 134 with the former dominating the partnership on his way to his 23rd Test century.
The right-hander was dropped on 80, in the first over after lunch, down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Matt Prior off James Anderson.
Prior’s misfortune continued when he missed stumping Gambhir off Swann in the next over but the left-hander’s luck ran out shortly after when he missed an off-drive and was bowled by the off-spinner.
Sehwag reached his century when he hit Swann over the top to the long-on boundary as the opener put on another 90 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Swann struck again 30 minutes before tea when Sehwag missed a sweep and was bowled by a delivery that spun in to hit the off stump.
Sachin Tendulkar (13) chipped loosely to Samit Patel at deep midwicket on the stroke of tea, giving Swann his third wicket, as England attempted to claim a foothold in the match.
Swann was denied another wicket in the final session when Jonathan Trott dropped Virat Kohli on four at slip.
Kohli’s miss did not prove too costly as Swann got his man 15 runs later when a spinning delivery outside off-stump caught the batsman by surprise and he was bowled.
Pujara moved to 98 not out by the close with Yuvraj Singh keeping him company on 24 not out as the fifth-wicket pair added an untroubled 40.