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Anderson shines for England

2012-12-05 13:55

Kolkata - India went to stumps on 273 for seven after opting to bat first in the third Test against England in Kolkata on Wednesday.

According to supersport.com website, Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 76 after looking set to finally reach 100 after suffering the leanest spell in his international Test career, as his last century came against South Africa at Newlands in January, 2011.

Matt Prior took a blinder off James Anderson - the bowler's eigth time sending back the Little Master in Test cricket. 

Scorecard: India v England 3rd Test

Anderson was in fine form with the older ball, reverse-swinging it to clean-bowl Ravichandran Ashwin for 21, finsihing the day on 3-68.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 22 and Zaheer Khan had yet to score when the players left the field for the day.

Earlier, the hosts lost both Gautam Gambhir (60) and Virat Kohli (six) during the afternoon session.

Monty Panesar induced Gambhir to cut, but it was too close to his body and Jonathan Trott snaffled a sharp catch in the slips.

India went to lunch on 90 for the loss of two wickets.

Gambhir needed to atone for causing the run-out of Virender Sehwag for 23 - he was ball-watching when a certain three runs were on the cards and Steven Finn's throw from the boundary was on target for Matt Prior to easily whip off the stumps.

In-from Cheteshwar Pujara (16) fell to Monty Manesar's arm-ball four overs before the break, which beat the inside edge to clatter into the stumps.

The hosts have included Ishant Sharma for Harbhajan Singh.

Ian Bell and Steven Finn return for England, at the expense of Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad.

The four-match series is even at 1-1 - India having won by nine wickets in Ahmedabad and England cruising home by 10 wickets in Mumbai.

Teams:

India:

V Sehwag, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain & wk), R Ashwin, Z Khan, PP Ojha, I Sharma

England:

AN Cook (captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, SR Patel, MJ Prior (wk), GP Swann, MS Panesar, JM Anderson, ST Finn

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