Sehwag returns with a run-a-ball ton, keeps India ahead on day one
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This being Sehwag, England had plenty of fielders on the ropes right through his innings; he cheerfully milked the bowling for singles, 40 in all. When Swann dismissed him with an off break that sneaked under an attempted sweep and knocked back off stump, Sehwag had scored 117 off 117 balls. India were 224 for two. The Test match was only halfway into its second session.
Already, the Motera strip had telltale diagonal scuff-marks at either end, from the bowlers' follow-throughs. Low bounce had aided Swann in getting the first two Indian wickets. Sharp turn and uneven bounce would get him two more by the end of the day, as India ended the day at 323 for four. Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha must have eyed all this with interest from the dressing room. Thanks to Sehwag, they will bowl at England with a big total behind them and fielders crowding the bat.
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