India make it tough

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ENGLAND got an early taste of how tough it will be be in India on the opening day of the First Test in Ahmedabad.

The home side, winning an important toss, closed on 323-4 on a pitch that was flat but, even on the first day, showed signs that it will be difficult to bat on later in the game.

Graeme Swann, who took all four wickets, warned that England would need to restrict India to below 450 if they were to remain in touch.

“I thought we bounced back well after the way they opened up,” said Swann.

“We need quick wickets and to keep them below 450 because we will be batting last on this pitch and they have two very good spinners so we will have to bowl well.”

Virender Sehwag struck a punishing run-a-ball 117 before Swann spun one past his attempted sweep and England battled back.

Sehwag and fellow opener Gautam Gambhir put on 134 then Sehwag added 90 with the redoubtable Chet Pujara who closed the day on 98 not out and could well prove a difficult customer to dislodge throughout this series having already made an unbeaten century against the tourists in a warm-up match.

Sachin Tendulkar, in what may be his last series, made only 13, Swann snaring him.