Swann strikes but India ahead ? Cricket News Roundup ? Part 1 ? November 15, 2012
Graeme Swann remained the lone provider for England on the ongoing opening day of the first Test against India, which further saw Virender Sehwag scoring his first Test hundred since 2010.
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had given a perfect platform to the hosts following a 134-run opening stand but Swann pegged the Indians back with three strikes in the post-lunch session, including one of Sachin Tendulkar. The England spinner claimed one more, breaching the defenses of the dangerous Virat Kohli, as the home side reached 283 for 4.
Earlier, the toss was won by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had no hesitation of opting to bat first. Yuvraj Singh returned to the Test lineup for the first time since recovering from cancer, while Nick Compton was handed a debut as the new opening partner to Alastair Cook.
Bangladesh thrived under batting friendly conditions to edge closer to the Windies? first innings total of 527 on day 3 of the ongoing first Test, being played at Mirpur.
Resuming from 164 for 3, Shakib Al Hasan and Naeem Islam added 122-run to their overnight stand of 45 before the former fell to Ravi Rampaul. Islam carried on accumulating and reached his maiden century before becoming Darren Sammy?s first victim of the day.
Mushfiqur Rahim was caught and bowled by debutant Veerasammy Permaul, but the lower order kept on adding runs and reached 428 for 6 in 117 overs.
Rory Kleinveldt, the South African pacer, has vowed to come back strongly from his horror debut outing against Australia in the opening Test at Brisbane.
The 29-year-old was a part of a four-pronged pace attack but failed to make an impact in the drawn affair, conceding 97 runs in his 21 overs, which included 12 no-balls. He is unlikely to be a part of the second Test, which starts in seven days at Adelaide, but the seamer is hoping to prove his mettle in the near future.
"This match was tough and I wish I could have done a little bit better but obviously that's how it went. I've just got to pick myself up and prepare well for the next Test match, and hopefully that will go better," he said.