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Swann praises superb Sehwag

England spinner Graeme Swann lavished praise on a "superb" innings from Virender Sehwag which has given India the early advantage after day one of the opening Test in Ahmedabad.

India opener Sehwag, who went into the series under pressure following a lean run of form, laid the platform for his side to go on and post 323-4 with a typically aggressive 117 at the top of the order.

He and fellow opener Gautam Gambhir shared a scintillating 134-run partnership inside the opening 30 overs, only for Swann to check the home side's progress with four wickets later in the day.

The England off-spinner, who ended the day with 4-85, said after play: "It was a tough first session. We know Sehwag can bat like that and he was superb for the first two hours.

"It was important getting him out and I thought we bounced back very well in that second session. We fielded very well, better than we did in the first session, bowled better as a team and it was nice to get some wickets myself."

A shellshocked England went to lunch with India cruising on 120-0, but Swann revealed how a much-needed team talk at the break helped put the bleak situation into perspective.

He added: "We said we couldn't let the game drift away from us. We had to win that second session and I think we did that by being more disciplined, bowling straighter, and we got our rewards."

Speaking on the team gameplan ahead of day two, Swann said: "We need to take quick wickets in the morning. We need to keep them down to 400/450 and match or better that ourselves.

"India have got some quality spinners so we know that when we bat we are going to have to do it well."