Virender Sehwag smashed 79 not out as India reached 120 without loss at lunch on day one of the series-opening cricket Test against England in Ahmedabad.
The right-hander struck 12 fours and a six in his unbeaten 66-ball innings and fellow opener Gautam Gambhir added 37 not out as India racked up 4.29 runs an over after winning the toss. Fast bowlers James Anderson and Tim Bresnan each allowed 6 runs per over.
England handed a debut to opening batsman Nick Compton, while Samit Patel will bat at No. 6 and bowl left-arm spin as Bresnan was chosen as the third seamer. Yuvraj Singh returns to India’s Test lineup for the first time in a year after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer.
The match is the first of four between the teams. England, which swept the best-of-four contest when the teams met last year in the U.K., hasn’t won a Test series in India since 1984-85.