Kolkata: Dec 6, 2012
India will look to cross the 300-run mark in the first innings, as they resume at 273 for seven on the second day of the third Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Sachin Tendulkar marked his return to form with a patient 76 but England claimed the honours on the opening day by reducing a jittery India to 273 for seven in the first innings of the third cricket Test.
Tendulkar played a composed innings under pressure facing 155 balls and hitting 13 boundaries in the process. His partnership of 79 for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj Singh was the highlight of the Indian innings as most of the other top order batsman failed to capitalise on starts.
He missed a century when he was forced to edge one off seamer Jimmy Anderson and the catch was taken by wicketkeeper Matt Prior diving to his right.
Anderson got the ball to reverse consistently in the post tea session which saw England get three wickets after getting two each in the first couple of sessions on a Eden Gardens track which appeared good for batting.
It was Tendulkar’s first half-century since the Sydney Test as he appeared relieved after getting to the mark with a boundary of pacer Steven Finn.
Brief Scores: India 273 for 7 (Sachin Tendulkar 76, Gautam Gambhir 60; Monty Panesar 2 for 74, James Anderson 3 for 68) vs England
(With inputs from PTI)