Swann bags himself a new rabbit on day of toil for Bresnan
21:14 GMT, 15 November 2012
When Gautam Gambhir was bowled by Graeme Swann, he became his official Test bunny.
Gambhir, Swann's first Test victim in Chennai in 2008, has now fallen to him six times in Tests.
Like Gambhir, the four men whose wicket Swann has claimed five times are all lefties: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marcus North, Rangana Herath and Devon Smith.
Bunny Swann has the making of Gambhir
But Swann also bagged three half-decent right-handers – Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Bresnan stumped by blitz
It was a chastening day for Tim Bresnan, selected ahead of Monty Panesar. He was treated harshly by Sehwag, who scored 36 runs from the 29 balls Bresnan bowled to him, including 14 in three balls: a drive through extra cover, a whip wide of mid-on, then a murderous straight six.
Only Stuart Broad escaped serious punishment at Sehwag’s hands, conceding 18 runs off 28 deliveries.
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Sehwag finding his feet
For Sehwag, his 23rd Test century was only his second against England in 23 attempts — a record that includes six ducks. He now averages a modest 31 against them, 20 fewer than his overall average and lower than against any other Test nation.
The innings also came in the nick of time. His previous Test hundred was two years ago against New Zealand — also at Ahmedabad.
Pujara enjoys a game of patience
India's No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara looked the part in his first Test innings against England, patiently battling through a tight post-tea spell from Swann and Jimmy Anderson. But 24-year-old Pujara, from nearby Rajkot, is used to playing the waiting game.
On Test debut, against Australia at Bangalore in October 2010, he had his pads on in the pavilion for six hours and 22 minutes while Murali Vijay and Sachin Tendulkar put on 308. Pujara was out third ball.
Trott eases quicks' burden
Some questioned why Jonathan Trott was fielding at slip when he dropped Kohli on four off Swann after tea.
But England had always planned for him to replace Anderson in that position off the spinners because they don’t want their attack leader to be mentally exhausted in this heat. Trott is a regular in the slips when he plays for Warwickshire.