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05-Dec-2012 10:56:00 GMT
India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day

Bowlers Make 1st Day for England's Day

Kolkata: England took the honours on Day 1 as India ended on a disappointing 273/7 on Day 1 of the third Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers with 3 wickets while Monty Panesar chipped in with a couple.

India suffered a massive jolt when England pacer James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar to leave India in spot of bother.

The master blaster, who battled back into the form, scored a fighting 76 with the help of 13 boundaries. Tendulkar got out on first delivery after drinks when keeper Matt Prior pouched a low and one handed catch to end Sachin's hard fought knock.

Graeme Swann had Yuvraj Singh caught by captain Alastair Cook at short extra cover as India lost their fifth wicket on the first day of the third Test.

Yuvraj played well for his 32 runs that included a six and four fours and added 79 runs for the fifth wicket with Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar reached his 66th Test fifty, his first in ten innings, on the first ball after tea.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj resumed the Indian first innings after tea.

James Anderson bowled a superb spell and was rewarded with the wicket of Virat Kohli as he had him caught by Graeme Swann at second slip to reduce India to 136/4.

That was the first wicket for a seamer in this series since Gambhir's first-over dismissal in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

India lost their third wicket when Monty Panesar had Gautam Gambhir caught by Jonathan Trott at first slip.

Gambhir tried to cut a ball that was just a touch too close, Panesar got a bit of extra bounce and it flew off the edge quickly but Trott pouched it safely.

Gambhir reached his 21st Test half-century in the over after Monty Panesar clean bowled Cheteshwar Pujara. He hit 12 fours in his 60-run knock.

Panesar bowled a length delivery on off that went straight on with the arm, Pujara was lazy in bringing his bat down and missed the ball that hit the middle stump.

England got a lucky breakthrough as Virender Sehwag was run out.

Sehwag flicked a James Anderson delivery beautifully past mid-wicket and Steven Finn gave the chase, Samit Patel came running from deep square leg and dived to his left and flicked it back inside brilliantly, Sehwag wanted a third and was half way down the track.

Gambhir shouted no-no but both the batsmen were ball-watching and Sehwag came down halfway for a third, but realizing that Gambhir wasn't looking at him and turned back to get to his crease. But Finn for the deep threw it to wicket-keeper Matt Prior who whipped the bails off and Sehwag was caught way short of his ground.

Brief scores
273 for 7 (Tendulkar 76, Gambhir 60, Anderson 3-68)

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