November 15, 2012
First Test, Ahmedabad
Day 1: India 323-4 v England
Graeme Swann took four wickets on day one of the first Test match between England and India in Ahmedabad, but it was India who finished the day on top after scoring 323-4 from 90 overs.
This was largely thanks to a blistering century from Virender Sehwag who made a run a ball 117 at the top of the innings. There was also a more then handy contribution from Cheteshwar Pujara who added 98 not out making sure India were in a strong position going into day two.
India won a good toss and elected to bat on a dry surface that will be at its best for batting in the early part of the match. England opted to play Tim Bresnan ahead of Monty Panesar despite the lack of help for seam bowlers in this part of the world.
Swann bowled 32 excellent overs taking four wickets at the cost of 85 runs on what was a warm day in Ahmedabad. Swann’s victims included Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, and Sachin Tendulkar. Samit Patel tried to offer Swann some support with his slow left arm orthodox, but his 14 overs looked fairly ineffective.
Yuvraj Singh (24*) will join Pujara at the crease tomorrow morning in the hope of pushing India into a position where they will feel they can’t lose the match.
England will know they will need early wickets in the morning to cling onto any chance of getting back into this match. They will also be aware that Swann will need some support and England’s three seam bowlers will have to find a way to break through India’s defences in difficult conditions.
The Scoop 15/11/12