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Last Updated: 16/11/12 3:41am
So that's it for the opening day of the series - captain Cook started his reign by losing the toss, forcing England into a tough day in the field. Sehwag made them pay in the first half, but Swann's four-wicket haul have given the tourists something to celebrate. Worringly, though, the pitch looks perfect for India's spinners, and they will have runs on the board. Thanks for your company, please join us again on Friday for day two.
Pujara gets a little lucky when a thick edge runs away too fine for a wide third man to cut off, though there's no fortune with the final ball of the day, as he slams Anderson through the covers. He finishes up unbeaten on 98, while Yuvraj will return on Friday morning with 24 to his name."A day that started badly for England, got better and could have been so much better had chances been taken. Four were missed, Pujara's on eight when Anderson misjudged one at mid-on especially damaging. Swann superb and England will regret only having one spinner, given how ineffective Tim Bresnan looked, but given Broad's injury it is difficult to see how they could have played just two seamers. The pitch is spinning already, but not viciously. England will need to play very well in their first innings....Anderson the pick of the seamers, having taken punishment with the new ball, he bowled really well with the old, but it was Swann's day."Lovely straight drive in the over from Yuvraj - Broad hoped it would swing back in, instead it just moved straight onto the middle of the bat and then away to the boundary.Anderson doesn't get the ball to budge off the straight like Broad managed to do in the previous over. Trott allows a Yuvraj drive to sneak past him from the final delivery, leading to a double teapot from the disgruntled bowler. Two overs left in proceedings for today - what has happened to England's fielding?England do indeed take the new ball, with Broad having first go. The opening delivery of the over swings, the first sign of any 'normal' movement with seen all day (Anderson did get the other ball to reverse before and after lunch). What England wouldn't give to sneak another wicket in now before the close. Either way, they've fought back well after a tough first session.Me and my big mouth. Having said we'd finish on time, we now have a delay in proceedings as England want the foot holes to be repaired, suggesting the seamers are coming back on and the second new ball is about to be taken.And a maiden for Patel now. If only England had taken those chances that came their way earlier, including Pujara when he was still in single figures.Maiden from Swann to Yuvraj. England had posted a short leg, a slip and a gully for the left-hander. Amazingly, we are pretty much going to finish on time today. Not even a break for a drink, with India's 12th man being Harbhajan Singh, has the umpires looking at their watches. STAT ALERT - Swann and Panesar have played seven Tests together - England have won none of them.Still talk about the England line-up. Judging by how this pitch has played in this final session, they should've picked Monty and Swann and then packed the rest of the team with batsmen. When we get a high shot of the field you can really see how marked up the ends of the pitch are already. There's going to be plenty of turn and some indifferent bounce as the game goes on.A single apiece for each batsman during the Swann over - Pujara is limping along towards three figures, managing just 16 runs since the tea interval. Still, judging by the pitch, his innings - along with that superb century from Sehwag earlier in the day - could be crucial in the final outcome.It's Patel to carry on bowling - and he too has a delivery to Yuvraj that keeps considerably low, the left-hander managing to squeeze it out to mid-wicket. England will not be rushing to call for the red cherry right now, perhaps save it for the morning.Only a thick outside edge saves Yuvraj after he'd played back to a delivery that didn't get much above shin high. The predicted scores for this India first innings are coming down faster than the prices of Halloween costumes.Patel is punished for dropping short and wide to Yuvraj. That boundary might steer captain Cook into thinking about taking the second new ball before the close. It is now available to England, though Swann will carry on bowling for now.Swann has not one but two strong shouts for leg before against Yuvraj. The first hasn't turned enough while the second - when the left-hander decided not to bother offering a shot - had done just enough for umpire Tony Hill to turn it down. Must've been close, little sympathy for a batsman who can't be bothered to use a bat. I wouldn't go and watch a pianist who didn't bother to play the piano.Yuvraj gets off the mark off the final ball of the Patel over, pushing a single out to deep long-on (because for some reason Cook must believe he's going to launch the spinner into the stands). His captaincy has been very much in the style of Strauss - considered but a little from the textbook.Yuvraj gets a huge ovation from the crowd as he replaces Kohli - it is exactly a year on from his last Test appearance, against the West Indies. He survives the rest of the Swann over, but what a good over for England. That delivery to remove Kohli was a cracker, though the turn might be a little concerning for their top seven!Swann does it again! Kohli's done for length and then turn, almost not playing a shot at a ball he thought was going to be short enough to cut. Instead, he watches on as it grips on the surface, spins back and crashes into his furniture.Patel continues to plug away - his bowling has been pretty decent in truth, but his Test match future will come down to how many runs he gets with the bat.Kohli scampers a single to mid-on before drinks are taken - he had to be quick, too, as KP's throw on the run knocked out middle stump. Good hour for England since tea, what they need now to make this an even better session is a wicket or two before close.Maiden from Patel - India are happy at the moment to get through to a potential second new ball without any further losses. There was a threat of drinks being taken, resulting in all the groundstaff running onto the field, but we're going to have another over first.A full toss from Swann is dealt with superbly by Kohli, who doesn't try to hit it to hard but instead steers it down the ground, sending the ball in between the bowler and mid-on for four more. We've now had 31 runs in the 15 overs since tea. We have 120 and 130 respectively in the first two sessions of the day.Here is England's second spinner in this game, Samit Patel. He managed 16 first-class wickets during the English summer at an average of over 40. He thinks he might have a Test match scalp at the end of the over, but umpire Dar doesn't agree with the loud lbw appeal when a delivery slides past Kohli's bat and strikes his pad.If you can here a slight buzzing noise, don't panic. That's simply the bee in David Lloyd's bonnet about England not picking Monty Panesar. India, remember, have Ashwin and Ojha in their ranks, as well as the seam duo of Zaheer and Yadav. They also have some useful part-time spinners, not least KP's arch enemy, Yuvraj Singh.Broad has a go at banging a few in short - I've seen more life in a Ryvita biscuit than this pitch. And they're about as dry as each other. The bowler heads off at the end of the over, suggesting that might be the end of a spell.Those misses by England are bad enough anywhere, but in India you simply can't afford to shell chances that come your way. Imagine what situation the hosts might be in now if just two of those had been held? Anyway, 11 overs to go until the second new ball is available for captain Cook.Kohli comes up with a lovely-timed flick off his pads for four runs. Broad is proving unable to maintain the same kind of control that Anderson had straight after the tea interval. Even more importantly, England are continuing a worrying trend of the past year or so in dropping catches.Another miss! England see a further chance go begging in the field, Trott the man this time to put down Kohli. The batsman tried to steer a short ball but Trott, now stationed at slip for Swann having seemingly made a name for himself as a third man specalist, can't cling on to an opportunity that really should've been taken. He's not sure if he didn't hang on as he juggled it, but replays quickly showed he even ROLLED OVER on it after knocking it up in the air via his hands and chin.It was worth the wait for Kohli's first runs of the day - he finally gets the scoreboard ticking with a glorious straight drive that beats the right foot of Broad and runs away to the fence. Feel free to send in your feedback by emailing to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com. Alternatively, a tweet will do to @SkySportsLanny.Paul Collingwood is working for the home broadcaster alongside Dravid - there is no pair than 'Brigadier Block' and 'The Wall' to be talking through Kolhi's current nought. Time for a change in the attack from England - Broad is going to take over from Anderson.Really, really good bowling at the start of this final session. This is Test cricket as it's meant to be - runs at a premium as bowlers tighten the screw. Something has got to give here.Pujara keeps the strike with a single from the final ball of a Swann over that included an appeal for a leg before decision that you wouldn't get in a month of Sundays.And now the run of dots stretches to 21 deliveries for Kohli. These two have played just 17 Tests between them. Not so long India's pair at numbers three and five happened to be Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. The former is now actually working for the host broadcasters on this series.India finally open their account after tea when Pujara scampers for a single to KP at long-on. Kohli then sees out the rest of the over, meaning he's now faced 16 balls and still doesn't have a run to his name. No matter how good your year has been (and Kohli's 2012 has been sensational) you don't like to be stuck too long on zero.Back-to-back maidens now from England, with Anderson keeping Kohli stuck on zero for a little while longer. Remember the returning Yuvraj is due in next, then Dhoni and Ashwin, who boasts a Test century to his name.A maiden from Swann to start the evening session. Some Panesar stats for you - in eight Tests against India he's taken 19 wickets at a cost of over 53. In India, his average goes to above 55. I'm not saying he shouldn't be playing, but it's amazing how good a player becomes when he's not actually in the team.So India 250/3 with a session to play on the opening day of the series. Meanwhile, Rob has emailed in to say that the hosts shouldn't be allowed to create such docile pitches. It may be fairly flat now, Rob, but expect this to turn plenty as it becomes worn. And why shouldn't India make something to their advantage? England are allowed to do the same when they play at home.Good, probing over from Anderson to finish the afternoon session. Kohli is strong in defence, but India have just let slip their position of dominance a little. That Tendulkar wicket will mean England are happy enough with their work since lunch.Well, that wicket was a welcome boost for England with tea fast approaching. Tendulkar rather gave it away, too, meaning talk will continue about his long-term future (which seems strange to say about a man approaching his 40s). Virat Kohli - the new superstar in India - is the man in at five.Tendulkar gone! The crowd are stunned. Having hit Swann over mid-wicket already in the over, Sachin tries to go straighter later on. However, he gets too much of it, instead pulling it out to the waiting Patel at deep mid-wicket.Pujara finishes the Anderson over with a lovely punch through the covers for his 10th boundary of the innings. Back to England's XI - the issue over getting Panesar playing is who do the tourists leave out? An all-rounder Patel and play only five batsmen (something they don't like doing) or a seamer in Bresnan and risk Broad's fitness as one of just two pacemen?Lovely footwork from Pujara, he takes a stride or two down the track to drive Swann wide of mid-off for four. Looks a player. In the words of Jamie Redknapp, a 'top, top player'.No matter how old he is, Tendulkar will always tuck into anything short and wide. Anderson should probably know that as well, meaning it's not a place he should be bowling at 'The Little Master'. Jack has got in touch to question England's team line-up. With Swann taking the only two wickets so far, he feels it just highlights the need for Panesar in the final XI.Tendulkar sweeps and sweeps hard at Swann, only to hit the ball straight into Bell at short leg. That's tickled the Warwickshire man, but he won't rub it. He turned his back on the sweep and got a blow for his troubles right under his shoulder blade. Fortunately for Tendulkar, the ball didn't loop up to another close fielder. Hopeful lbw appeal finishes a good over from Swann.Since 2011, Tendulkar has been bowled or lbw in 51 percent of his Test innings. He also hasn't hit a ton in his last 13 matches. A single gets him out of the firing line for now, though it also allows Pujara to cash in on a leg-side half-volley from Anderson. The bowler also seems to be having a problem with his follow-through, albeit that no one is quite sure if he's yet had an official warning for running on the wicket.Tendulkar - who came out to the middle to his usual heroic welcome from the crowd - gets off the mark from the first ball he faces, albeit being a thick edge towards fine leg. Patel is going to take a break with the fall of that second wicket - Anderson is coming back into the attack from the Adani Pavilion End.All hail captain Cook! Broad off, Swann on, Sehwag out. First delivery back into the attack and the off-spinner gets rid of the centurion, although in truth he got rid of himself by having a hack across the line at one pitched just outside off. He misses with the slog sweep, and the ball turns enough to crash into middle and off.Nice flight from Patel gets Pujara playing a poor drive, the batsman fortunate to see the ball loop in the air short of the man at backward point. Not surprising to see Broad take a rest at the other end, Swann replacing him to make it spin, Nottinghamshire spin at that, at both ends.Pujara gets a pair of twos to take him through to his second Test half-century. It's come at a decent lick, too, as he's needed just 67 deliveries to reach his milestone. His other 50 was against Australia, while he also took New Zealand for a ton earlier this year. Looks a very, very accomplished player. Perfect No.3 with a solid technique against the seamers. Broad has now gone for 21 runs in this three-over spell. It might be the end of him, for now.A rank long hop from Patel gets the treatment it deserves, Pujara rocking back and pulling the gift away over the top of square leg. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar is starting to develop pad rash in the home dressing room.Pujara pounces on a wide ball from Broad, who is trying to make something happen by mixing things up, and cuts for four more. A joke from A.Yates - which three cricketers from the same family represented Pakistan in the same Test? Javed, me and dad. Stop moaning - it could be worse, you could be facing two long days in the field in Ahmedabad.India's 200 now up - the fourth half-century has been their second quickest of the day, taking 59 deliveries. If Sehwag stays in for another couple of hours or so, India could be around 400 by the close.Broad back for his first spell of the afternoon session. Already plenty of talk about England's final XI and if India could reach 600 or more in their first innings. If you have any thoughts, email them to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or tweet @SkySportsLanny. That wicket of Gambhir seems like an eternity ago now, with Pujara now settled at the crease.Patel continues after the drinks interval and so too do the Indian pair at the crease. The television footage at the end of the over runs replays of Sehwag being dropped in the very first over after lunch - if you're just reading, it was a tough leg-side opportunity for wicketkeeper Prior as he was diving to his left.Bresnan has another one of those overs where he's striving too hard for a wicket, resulting in him leaking runs. Pujara - who has hit a triple century in first-class cricket - twice slaps deliveries that are too full through the leg side, the first of the two boundaries also bringing up the half-century stand between this pair for India's second wicket. 11 from the Bresnan over as we take a break for a drink.Patel back into the attack - needs to show he's more than a bits-and-pieces cricketer here, England need more than a lower-order batsman who sends down a few overs. Sehwag averages a tad over 59 in India, but still a healthy-looking 44.66 in Tests abroad.A Yates has been in touch via email to not only request my job (I do this out of love for the sport, not for the money) but to also ask who was the batsman to score a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test. Majid Khan is the answer, against New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, India's second-wicket stand is building nicely after the departure of Gambhir so soon after lunch.Thoughts from our man at the ground at the start of the afternoon session: "Looks a different game when the ball starts to reverse swing as it is doing after lunch, and that kind of vindicates the three seamers line. Bresnan ought to have got Pujara on 8, too, but Anderson misjudged things at mid-on. The question is how much a team misses the second spinner at the back end of the game. There are no easy answers for England in the absence of a Flintoff- like all-rounder...still, a better start to the second session."Sure enough, Sehwag lofts Swann over mid-on for a boundary that brings up his 23rd Test ton. It's also his seventh that has come at faster than a run-a-ball rate, with this one taking 90 deliveries. Worryingly for England, he also has a habit of going big.Sehwag nearly turns down a long single when Pujara pushes into the covers - then calls his partner through for a scampered effort to get himself to 99. You always run your own much harder. He's also now on strike with a single needed for a century and Swann to bowl at him.Poor Sehwag is having to get to his century in singles now. You know he wants to do it in style, and the crowd are urging him to play a big shot, but Swann is giving him nothing to have a go at.Bresnan takes over from Anderson - the Yorkshireman has some repair work to do after his first six overs went for 37 runs. He only concedes two runs in his comeback over and should've had a wicket off the final ball; a leading edge from Pujara looks to be looping to mid-on, only Anderson doesn't pick it up. At first he takes two or three strides in, only to then realise it's going to clear his head. Another miss from England in the field - that's three chances that have been grassed in this session.Swann pays the price for dropping short, allowing Pujara to rock back and cut away for four runs. They're welcome runs, too, as he's struggled to break the shackles in the early going. Sehwag, meanwhile, is having to bide his time to get to three figures.More excellent work from Anderson - England have come out with a plan after lunch and the two bowlers working in tandem now are carrying it out to perfection. Just checked the highest Test scores at Ahmedabad - Sri Lanka made the small matter of 760-7 at this venue back in 2009.Sehwag drives imperiously through extra cover for four, then gets a single to get down the other end. It's a different game when Pujara is on strike, almost as if England just want to bowl at him permanently. There's a chap called Sachin Tendulkar next, and the crowd that are in are desperate to see him have a bat.Good over from Anderson, who is again full and straight to new man Pujara. England have stationed a man at short cover and short mid-wicket in the hope of getting the right-hander to play a false stroke. Sehwag would have become just the second man since the second World War to hit a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test had he reached three figures this morning.How can you tell Pujara is relatively new to Test cricket? Because he's just tried to push Sehwag into running three. Never. Gonna. Happen. At least the comfortable two did get India's new batsman off the mark. By the way, Swann's dismissal of Gambhir takes him to 193 Test scalps, the same number as the legendary Jim Laker.Pujara is the new man in at three and solidly forward for much of the over from Anderson, who is looking for some reverse swing as we get into the afternoon session. Umpire Tony Hill also has a word with the Lancastrian about running on the wicket - couple that with a problem with Anderson's eye and it meant it was a lengthy over to complete.And how England needed that breakthrough. Swann celebrated in aggressive fashion, while Prior just looked relieved having missed a glorious stumping chance just three balls earlier. Gambhir seemed to be bothered by that, as well as the fact he padded up to the next delivery that followed, one that turned and kept a little low.England have the breakthrough now! After Prior missed a stumping off the second ball of the over, Swann takes the fielders out of the equation by bowling Gambhir for 45.Anderson starts off the afternoon session and he could have had an early breakthrough had Matt Prior held on to a leg-side catch behind the stumps off Sehwag. Tough chance diving away to his left, but England need those to stick. To rub salt in Anderson's wounds, Gambhir driving away gloriously for a couple. An eventful over finishes with a Sehwag steer to the vacant third man region; 10 runs from it and India are straight back into their stride.So India go in at the break on 120 without loss, Sehwag the star turn with 79 from just 66 deliveries. Gambhir has, as usual, been happy to play second fiddle. Both men will, as David Lloyd likes to say, be 'booking in for bed and breakfast' on this benign surface.Swann sends down the final over of the morning session - no doubting the fact that it's belonged to India. At least one plus for England is that their over-rate has been good. And yes, that is clutching at straws.Samit Patel gets the chance to turn his arm over before lunch. He starts with a low full toss that Sehwag duly thumps out to the mid-wicket fence for four more. The rest of the over is much better, however Cook's rather defensive field placings allow India's opening pair to milk comfortable singles.No attempts by Swann to give Sehwag a couple of tempters when the right-hander is on strike, instead bowling much flatter. Gambhir, meanwhile, continues to attempt to cut deliveries coming back at him - only seems a matter of time until he misses one. Mind you, that time could be 2.46pm tomorrow afternoon.We're fast approaching lunch and yet Sehwag had an attempt at slapping Broad over the top. He was fortunate that the shot was hit so poorly it bounced a couple of times before Bresnan fielded it at mid-on. Gambhir, however, does look a little more circumspect when on strike - probably time for two more overs before the break.Forgot to mention in the last Broad over we nearly had a mix-up in the running between the wickets - a run out looks like one of England's best bets to get a breakthrough. However, don't rule out Swann seeing off Gambhir - the left-hander continues to be troubled by the off-spinner. More bounce for him, too, something India won't mind seeing bearing in mind they've picked two frontline spinners.On England's team selection: "It is based on playing to their strengths and India's perceieved weaknesses. Also, they got the ball reversing after nine overs in the final warm-up game and Bresnan was a key part of that. The real issue for England I think is not Bresnan or Monty, but how they can get five bowlers into their line-up...recent history says that it is harder to get wickets in Asia than score runs. Mind you, Samit hasn't bowled yet, although it will be a major surprise if he does the kind of job as an attacking spinner that Monty would do."Broad is now bowling to a field that doesn't include a slip - and we are still inside the first morning of the Test. Gives you an idea of just how much of a featherbed pitch this is. A good over by the seamer is ruined at the death with a wide long hop that the ever-eager Sehwag slaps away backward of point for four more.Swann has settled in nicely now, which is good news considering he could be bowling a substantial amount of overs today. Gambhir certainly looks a little dubious against the offie, including leaving one ball that doesn't turn too much but instead bounces steeply over the stumps. The bowler has his head in his hands at the near miss - it's about as close as England have come so far to a breakthrough.Broad replaces the expensive Bresnan. England regain a little bit of control, a maiden looking to be on the cards until Gambhir works the final ball of the vice-captain's over for one to backward square leg. Slightly risk shot, too, as he took that ball off middle stump.Virender Sehwag hasn't scored a Test century for two years. It might get one in a session today.And now the 100 stand is up for India's first wicket. At least Gambhir is giving England a little glimmer of hope by continually attempting to cut the off-spin of Swann. Twice he's been lucky to get his bat down on time to deliveries that have drifted in with the arm. Just the two from the over there, giving the tourists a brief bit of respite.If you thought Sehwag might slow down a little after reaching his landmark, think again. The first three balls of the latest (and possibly last for a while) Bresnan over go for 4-4-6. The maximum is a mighty blow, too, the right-hander launching the seamer way, way over long-on. At this rate you wouldn't rule out a century for Sehwag before the lunch break. It helps his chances that he's kept the strike with a single off the final ball. Bresnan has now bowled six overs and gone for 37 runs. Time he takes a break.Sehwag gets through to his 50 - it's come up from 45 deliveries and is his 33rd in Test cricket. It's the 20th time in his Test career he's got to a half-century at better than a run-a-ball rate. At least it's not like he has a record of making really, really big scores. Oh wait...Mike Atherton is out in Ahmedabad - here are his thoughts on play so far..."We are sitting high up in the commentary box, from where you can see really clearly the footmarks as the bowlers follow through which makes me concerned for england that eventually this pitch is going to turn. There is no pace or bounce though so whether it turns quickly is another matter. No swing either normal or reverse for England, and Sehwag and Gambhir look settled now, onimously so. Gambhir called for 'rank turners' after India's dispiriting tours of England and Australia, and he might have his wish. Not a good first hour for England...Sehwag gets two more fours, the first with a delicate guide to third man and the second with a far-from delicate slap through the covers. Several emails coming in - Richard is waiting to go home and watch in sunny Perth, while Neil is trying to stay awake and read on from Florida. I welcome the company.England are excited when Gambhir mis-hits an attempt to loft Swann over the top, the ball, however, ending up going above the bowler and falling short of the fielder moving around from mid-off. Swann actually has a good record against the left-handed opener. Captain Cook needs his only frontline spinner to find a breakthrough now.Solid over from Bresnan, though a bit concerning to see his pace down to just about 80mph already. How England would've liked Steve Finn to be fit, he'd have stopped these two openers being so keen to prop forward. Right now, England's biggest issue is stemming the flow of runs.No shock to see Graeme Swann on straight after the break. He starts with a full toss that Sehwag swots away for a single, but does locate the cut surface for the rest of the over. There's some turn, too, as Gambhir gets a little fortunate with a cut shot that takes a thick edge and goes well past the man at slip. Talk already that England may regret picking just the one frontline slow bowler.Gambhir gets in on the boundary fun, pulling away a Bresnan short ball for a comfortable four. Comfortable is about the right word to sum up the opening hour for India - they go to DRINKS in a great situation. England, in contrast, must already be cursing their new skipper for calling incorrectly at the toss.The half-century partnership comes up with a single from Sehwag. He and Gambhir have needed just 68 deliveries to reach the milestone. Sehwag makes it an eighth boundary of the morning session when he slams Broad away through a packed cover field from the fifth ball. Only a decent diving stop from Bresnan at mid-on denies the opener another at the end of the over.The ball has passed the outside edge! We should stop and hold a street party! Sehwag is beaten by one from Bresnan, though the batsman's response is to steer the very next delivery away safely past second slip for four runs. Three more runs follow courtesy of a square drive to take this pair to the brink of a 50-run stand.A Gambhir boundary off his pads keeps India rattling along on this first morning. Broad now perhaps wondering if he should've come through his fitness test after all. Neil tweets in to ask about the home side's refusal to use the DRS (which is not in operation here). It's not enforced by the ICC yet, so both cricket boards have to agree for it to be in action during a series. India, so far, have never been keen.Bresnan replaces Anderson, who went for 12 in his last over of the spell. He starts with a bouncer that Sehwag has what seems about three minutes to watch loop slowly to Prior - on the third bounce. After that it's a lot better from the Yorkshireman, who could be useful once this ball gets old with his ability to bowl reverse swing.Neither of these two India openers has managed a Test ton in 2012 - they should already be sensing the possibility of breaking that barren run today on this featherbed. Broad has now come around the wicket and does bowl Gambhir with the final ball, the only problem for England being that the opener had pulled away because the sightscreen had rotated onto the sponsors' logo too soon.Anderson pays the price for dropping short, Sehwag slamming him away backward of square on the off for four more runs. Jimmy doesn't look happy with the ball afterwards, though Virender has no problems slapping it away again to the rope again, this time off the front foot through the same region. The over finishes with a third Sehwag boundary, this time in front of point. Time for some early spin, perhaps?Of the 11 Tests India have played at this venue in Ahmedabad, six have been draws. Judging by the rough patches already developing, a seventh looks unlikely. They've taken some of the clay out of the surface to try and make it a more result-friendly pitch. Meanwhile, Gambhir moves into double figures with a pair of twos, the second of which comes from a pull to a Broad short ball that I swear was on the way down when it reached the batsman.Sehwag opens his boundary account with a flick off his hips that runs away to fine leg. Anderson's response is to be much fuller in length, twice nearly bringing into play the fielder at short extra cover. Yes, the pitch is that docile England have a man on the drive after just four overs.Maiden from Broad, Gambhir twice trying and failing to steer slightly short balls past the man at gully. Important position that for the left-hander, he loves to open the face and steer shots through that area. Decent crowd in by the way, and making some noise, but by no means full.Gambhir gets a very, very fortunate first boundary, an inside edge just missing his stumps and racing away for four. Anderson finishes his second over with his hands on his head like he's just had a disastrous trip to the barbers. Some feedback: Graeme Settle has tweeted to say he's watching whilst the missus sleeps. She not keen to get up at 4am and watch cricket from the sub-continent, Graeme? Are you sure she's the right woman for you?Broad starts his first spell with just two slips, showing that Cook has quickly read the pace, or lack of it, in this pitch. There's a third man in place, too, which could actually be a catching position for Sehwag, who finishes the over with a square drive for a leisurely couple. Still, a decent start from Broad, who remember was a bit of a doubt for England leading into this match due to a heel injury.Both India openers off the mark, Gambhir the first with a flick into the leg side before Sehwag defends stoutly towards cover to get a single from the first ball he faces. Two more follow for his colleague towards fine leg before James Anderson finally gets the radar working. Looks a slow pitch with little bounce. Good toss to win.Feel free to explain just what you're doing reading this, and from where in the world, via an email to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com. Alternatively, you can send a tweet to @SkySportsLanny.As for India, Cheteshwar Pujara will be a new face to many at No.3, but there is a return of a familiar one to the Test team as Yuvraj Singh is recalled. He will bat at six, according to the team sheet. India have gone with two seamers and two spinners, Pragyan Ojha supporting Ravi Ashwin.England have, as many expected, picked Bresnan in place of the injured Finn and gone for Samit Patel over Monty Panesar. It means their four-man attack is made up of three seamers and one frontline spinner, with Patel offering support.The new captain admits he would've batted first had he won the toss, but doesn't see it as a major blow to be bowling first.Dhoni says they tend to lose a lot of red soil in this area of India, and that the pitch looks dry...on day one. This will most certainly be a trial by spin for England.Alastair Cook has suffered an early loss in his full-time captaincy career with England. He's called incorrectly at the toss, giving rival MS Dhoni the choice of what to do. No surprise to hear the India skipper has opted to bat first.and welcome to over-by-over coverage of the opening match of the series between England and India in Ahmedabad. We're around 30 minutes away from play getting underway.