Sehwag took the game away from us: Swann

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England would have been happier with five or six wickets by stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test, according to off-spinner Graeme Swann, who said destructive opener Virender Sehwag took the game away with his blistering run-a-ball 117 today.

"They are in a very strong position. The first session they undoubtedly won. Arguably the other two were even. Having lost the toss and bowled first on that pitch we'd have liked five or six wickets but we'll take four," said Swann, who was the standout performer for the visitors with his 4-85 haul.

"If we had five or six it would have been an exceptional day for us and would have knocked 60 runs off the total," he added.

Swann credited Sehwag for taking the game away with his first Test century in two years.

"You have to hand it to Viru the way he played at the start. The way Viru batted he really took the game away from us in the first couple of hours so it was very important to pull it back. We know he can be destructive, he's done it against us before," Swann said.

"I've been reading in the paper that he hasn't got a century for a couple of years and he's been questioned by the local press ... Good on him for banishing those doubters," the 33-year-old added.

Swann had started the day one wicket behind Jim Laker (193 wickets) and became England's highest wicket taking off-spinner when he scalped Sehwag's wicket.

"It is a proud moment. I always say I'm not a stats man but when people told me I was near Jim Laker I was genuinely excited. When you're growing up these are the famous names of the game, you don't even dream of emulating them, let alone going past them," he said.

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