India elect to bat against England in third Test at Kolkata

MS Dhoni won the crucial toss at the historic Eden Gardens Getty Images

Kolkata: Dec 5, 2012

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against England in the third cricket Test at the Eden Gardens.

For India, Pacer Ishant Sharma made a comeback into the side after more than 10 months replacing off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is recovering from a bout of flu.

England made two changes to their line-up with batsman Ian BeLl and fast bowler Steven Finn replacing Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Board.

After losing the first Test in Ahmedabad, England bounced back to level the four-match series 1-1 with a 10-wicket win in Mumbai.


India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar.

Catch live scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the first day’s play between India and England at Kolkata here