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Sehwag and Dravid put India in control

Virender Sehwag hit 24 fours in a superb knock of 173 as India too control of the opening Test against New Zealand.
Virender Sehwag hit 24 fours in a superb knock of 173 as India too control of the opening Test against New Zealand.
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  • India in control after Thursday's opening day of first Test match against New Zealand
  • Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid both hit centuries as India closed on 329-3
  • India are currently ranked No.1 in the International Cricket Council standings
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  • Rahul Dravid
  • Virender Sehwag
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  • New Zealand

(CNN) -- India are in control after Thursday's opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad.

Superb centuries from Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid ensured the home side closed the day on 329 for the loss of three wickets.

Sehwag hit 24 boundaries and a six in his 173, while Dravid helped himself to 14 fours on his way to 104 -- as the pair put on an impressive 237-run stand for the second wicket.

Earlier, the 60-run opening partnership of Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (21) meant the duo overtook the 3,010-run tally of Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar to become the most prolific opening pair in Indian Test cricket history.

Sachin Tendulkar (13) and VVS Laxman (seven) were the batsmen at the crease when stumped were eventually drawn for the day.

India, who are ranked No.1 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) standings, are strong favorites to defeat the Kiwis -- who are world-ranked eighth -- in the three-Test series, following their 2-0 victory over Australia last month.

The second Test will be played in Hyderabad from November 12-16 and the third Test in Nagpur from November 20-24.