Cheteswhar Pujara

Cheteswhar Pujara struck 13 boundaries to reach 98 not out off 181 balls PTI

Ahmedabad: Nov 16, 2012

India will aim to put up a strong first innings total against England, when they resume at 323 for four on the second day of the opening Test at Ahmedabad on Friday.

Virender Sehwag regained his touch with a sparkling century, and Cheteshwar Pujara is at 98 not out as India ended the opening day at 323 for four, off-spinner Graeme Swann claiming them all.

India seemed to be headed for a big total looking at the way Sehwag slammed 117 off as many balls and put on 134 with Gautam Gambhir (45) for the first wicket and Pujara went about stroking the ball in his unbeaten 98.

Swann (4/85) somewhat checked India’s onslaught with a good exhibition of spin bowling, even if Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar got out to uncharacteristic strokes.

Sehwag started his innings in unusual fashion, batting cautiously, but once he got the measure of the pitch and the attack, strokes flowed freely. Gambhir, though not at his best, was good enough to stay till the 100 went up on the board.

Brief Scores: India 323 for 4 (Virender Sehwag 117, Cheteshwar Pujara 98*, Gautam Gambhir 45; Graeme Swann 4 for 85) vs England

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(With inputs from IANS)