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Last Updated: 05/12/12 10:48am
So there ends an excellent day of Test cricket. Cook is a great batsman but hopeless at the toss. In the end, though, it didn't really matter. Anderson and Panesar have excelled with the ball and India are well short of where they'd have hoped to be by the close of play. Twice they seemed to be on top - firstly when Sehwag and Gambhir were together, then with Tendulkar and Yuvraj in partnership, only for careless dismissals to stop their momentum. They will resume tomorrow on 273-7 - please join me again for coverage of day two from Eden Gardens.
Panesar gets five deliveries at Zaheer, but can't make them tell. India end on 273-7 thanks to the aid of four leg byes, and they need all the help they can get having won the toss and opted to bat first. Monty finishes with figures of 2-74 through 35 overs of work.Zaheer just about survives the final three balls of the Anderson over - 'The Burnley Express' finishes the day with figures of 3-68 from 21 overs of toil. He has been outstanding, whether it be with new ball or old. One more over to go in the day, Monty to send it down. Surely an eighth wicket is too much to ask for, right?So much for my theory Anderson wouldn't be needed again tonight. Cook brings him back for one final over - and his bowler doesn't let him down. After being whipped through mid-wicket for four by Ashwin, Anderson responds by castling the No.8. Great, great finish to the day for England and no more than the seamer deserves for his sterling efforts.Panesar returns as Cook decides to rest Anderson until the morning. There's an appeal for lbw against Dhoni which looks good...if it wasn't for a huge inside edge. Maiden from Monty and we've got 12 balls left at Eden Gardens. Can England sneak a late wicket to really swing this day in their favour?Wasting time - and light - as we check whether Patel legally stopped a pull shot from Ashwin out on the square leg fence. The fourth umpire looks at about 15 replays before deciding it's all okay Two more to Ashwin and now we've three overs left to go.Four overs remaining in the day, so a wicket now would be massive for England. Even if they don't expose the tail tonight, they've still had an excellent day in the field. Cook's decided, also, that the time is now right to take the second new ball.It's all gone quiet over here. Well, except for the occasional burst from the trumpet. India are playing for the close and England are looking a little weary after their exhertions in the field today. Finn tries several short balls but can't dislodge the stubborn Ashwin, though the batsman does his best to try and glove one of them attempting to play the pull shot.Swann gives Panesar a spell - England have barely bowled their two spinners in tandem throughout the day. We are about 15 minutes away from the scheduled close and still have six overs remaining, though the light is fading quickly and we may not squeeze them all in.The sun is setting quickly in Kolkata, and also on this opening day of the Test. Finn is running in hard but not quite posing the same danger as Anderson did earlier - seems a little strange Cook didn't keep him going for another over or two before the close. This seventh-wicket stand is now worth 24.India's 250 comes up with a flick from Ashwin through square leg. It's the only shot of any real intent during yet another Panesar over. Poor Swanny's been relegated to fielding duties and little else. He's taken a catch, though, so should avoid 'TFC' honours for the day.Finn replaces fellow seamer Anderson - he took 1-14 in his four-over spell after the drinks break. He lets Ashwin off strike with a single from the first ball, then beats Dhoni with a beauty that moved away late in the air. Dhoni's record in Kolkata before today? Four Tests, five innings and an average of 184.50.'In the Jungle' is now getting a rendition from Billy and his trumpet. Monty finishes the 80th over, new ball is now due if England want to take it. Considering what Anderson is doing with the old one, I'd be surprised if they bothered right away. Save it for the morning.After surviving a loud lbw shout the ball before, Ashwin drives superbly backward of point to pick up a welcome boundary. He shows he can play in front of square, too, when he drives the next ball to the right of mid-off for a couple. Good battle between Anderson, who is getting it to swing in late, and Ashwin.The lights are on at Eden Gardens and there's a fair few thousand at home, although plenty have drifted out of the ground since Tendulkar's dismissal straight after drinks. We can use floodlights in this series, though that doesn't mean we won't see some play lost. Remember it is winter in the east of India and this 'evening session' started at 2pm local time!Billy and his trumpet can suddenly be heard in the crowd! 'Jerusalem' rings out and those following England, and there are a fair few in the crowd at Eden Gardens, sing along. Meanwhile, out in the middle, Anderson threatens Ashwin with a few short balls. That wicket of Tendulkar means Vernon Philander is the only seamer with more Test scalps in 2012 than Jimmy, who still has another match to go after this one before the year is out.Dhoni effortlessly drives on the rise for four as England continue to wonder how that run-out opportunity went begging. Stuart Broad would have picked that ball up...What a huge wicket that was for England, but they should've had two in the Anderson over. The final ball of the over is pushed straight to mid-on by Dhoni, who then sets off for a single. Ashwin, though, hasn't moved. He sets off eventually but has given up, only to get a reprieve when Finn fails to pick the ball up cleanly. England continue to have moments to forget in the field.The break does for Tendulkar! First ball after drinks and 'The Little Master' nicks off, Anderson finding the edge and Prior just about doing the rest behind the stumps, clinging on in one hand as he dived across to his right.Tendulkar finally goes on the offensive against Panesar, picking up a couple of runs with a punch off the back foot before then easing a full ball through a packed off-side field for his 13th boundary of the day. This game is brilliantly poised as we head into the final hour of the opening day - time for a DRINK in Kolkata.Dhoni looks a little more comfortable with pace on the ball, leaning back and smashing a short delivery from Anderson through the covers for his first boundary. STAT ALERT! India have not lost at Eden Gardens since 1999 - they've managed five wins in the last seven Tests here, with the other two finishing in draws.And now, since the departure of Yuvraj, Tendulkar has retreated back into his shell. A maiden from Panesar suits England just fine - that second new ball is fast approaching. Anderson doesn't want to wait until then, though, as Cook calls a seamer back into the attack. If he can get this old pill to reverse, England might not even bother asking for a new cherry tonight.Tendulkar keeps the strike by pinching a single to mid-on from the final ball of the Swann over.Dhoni is under massive pressure here - he's seen his side stuffed in Mumbai and has struggled for form with the bat so far. Still, England are willing to try and help him out, placing just a slip and a short lef when he's on strike to Panesar.Dhoni's first shot? A charge down the wicket that he miss-hits just a fraction short of Patel at mid-wicket. A step closer and the fielder would have snaffled that up. What kind of shot is that to play when your team are five down having opted to bat first? Still, Dhoni has made centuries in his last two Test appearances at this venue.Just as India seemed to be changing the pace of the game, Yuvraj gives it away when he punches a drive straight to the man at short cover. Cook takes the opportunity and England have a timely breakthrough.Steady over from Panesar. On the point about England's line-up in this match, Scott Nicholls thinks Bairstow should have been in the XI in front of Patel. That has nothing to do with the fact that he's a proud Yorkshireman. Nothing whatsoever.A long hop from Swann gets exactly what it deserved - slapped over mid-wicket by Yuvraj for four. It looks like he's going to get another boundary when he sweeps powerfully, though somehow Monty sticks out a big mitt to cut it off. Everyone found that amusing, considering their money was on the ball. A Tendulkar four from a paddled sweep takes the fifth-wicket stand to 78.Tendulkar is fortunate when a risky drive goes on the up but falls short of the fielder at extra cover. It's about the first really aggressive shot he's attempted against Panesar all day.Swann takes over after Finn's short burst after the break. Tendulkar's nearly done by one that turns sharply back at him, meaning he has to abandon his attempted cut shot at the last minute. England have their two spinners in operation in tandem for the first time today - new ball is only 15 overs away.India's 200 comes up when Tendulkar tickles away a leg-side delivery from Panesar. He'd missed out on one earlier in the over, though his front pad had at least made sure the ball was sent away towards the boundary rope. Crowd has come to life since tea - definitely a fair few seats have been taken with the news that Sachin is out in the middle.Four singles from the Finn over. Tendulkar has managed 23 runs from 26 balls against Finn - he's got eight from 58 when facing Panesar. Feedback - I welcome it more than a child welcomes snow on a school day. Email in to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or Tweet to @SkySportsLanny.Maiden from Monty. Of course, his slip in that last over meant he was the second England cricketer to be floored in less than a week. The other, of course, was Andrew Flintoff.Monty's down, but not out, at third man. Somehow he's managed to find a slippery patch on a bone dry field, though he still stops the ball from reaching the boundary. This is Tendulkar's second highest score in Test cricket this year. Good start to the final session for India.Yuvraj brings up the half-century stand with a superb lofted six straight down the ground. The crowd loved that, particularly as it suggests India aren't going to get bogged down like they did in the afternoon. Yuvraj always seems to fancy hitting the left-arm spinner, he knows that if he comes down the track he can smother the spin with his pad. The same cannot be said when he faces up to Swann, who can turn the ball past his outside edge.Tendulkar gets a gift from Finn at the start of the afternoon session to get to his 66th Test half-century. A ball drifting down leg allowed him to glance the four to bring up his milestone. The next ball also goes to the fence, Sachin getting on the back foot to lift it over the top of backward point. Expensive first over to the evening session. Simon Curtis tweeted earlier that he has a rule that every milestone should be reached with a four or a six. Well, that's his excuse for getting out when so close. #jugavoidanceSo 82 runs and two wickets since lunch - England have been very, VERY impressive with the ball today. Anderson has been excellent, while Finn has justified his selection already. Panesar has bowled plenty, taking 2-42 from 21 overs. It all sets it up for an intriguing final two hours at Eden Gardens.Yuvraj takes India into tea with a flourish, capitalising on a full delivery from Swann and punching it away through the covers for four. So ends an excellent afternoon of cricket - this fifth-wicket pairing have put on 36 for India, but they still have a lot of work to do.For the first time today, Finn knocks the bails off at the bowler's end. Let's hope that's just a one-off, because he doesn't need to take a wicket and then find out it has been called a dead ball. Tendulkar sees out the over, still time for one more in the afternoon.Tendulkar gets four with a paddle sweep - Panesar rightly decided against diving, though had Sachin missed that he would have been plummer than plum jam in the middle of plum season. He ends the over on 46 when a thick edge goes to the boundary rope. Tendulkar overtakes Sunil Gavaskar in the list of India's all-time run-scorers against England. However, two men have better averages in the top 10 - Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharrudin, who hit centuries in his first three Test innings against England.Finn returns just before the break. He's come to have a go at Yuvraj, and the batsman knows it. The left-hander is tentative outside his off stump, twice playing and missing, and even when he does make contact with willow on leather he's hanging his bat out well away from his body. Can England take another before tea?Tendulkar's starting to liven up now - and so too is the crowd. A paddle sweep nets him a couple more runs - Swann was wishing it only went for a single so he could have another crack at Yuvraj. About 15 minutes to go before tea on day one.Another four down to third man, though this time Tendulkar seemed to be in full control as he steered the ball into the gap. That boundary means he's now the leading Test run-scorer for India against England. He celebrates by sending the next ball to the rope, only this time it's behind point off the back foot. Two decent deliveries have just cost a rather perplexed Anderson eight runs.And again! Swann this time appeals for leg before against Yuvraj, claiming it was bat before pad. That was the case, too, but umpire Dharmasena didn't see it that way. Are the officials in the middle becoming more circumspect with decisions because they know they're not going to be challenged? Anyways, to rub salt in Swann's wounds, the next two balls are stroked for four by the left-hander, both off the front foot.India's refusal to use the DRS has saved Yuvraj. Anderson, from around the wicket, appeals loudly for a leg before decision to an inswinger. No doubt that after umpire Tucker says not out on the field, England would have referred that. Yuvraj was hit on the move but showed how worried he was by stretching forwards again after being struck. And if DRS had been in place? OUT!Swann will have to wait for a go at Yuvraj as Tendulkar faces for the entire over, including cutting one short ball away for a couple of runs. Remember, India have made over 600 in their first innings in the last three Tests to be played at this venue.That catch wouldn't have even been a catch had Swann not bravely moved forward - he was actually in front of Prior, whereas second slip would normally be at best level with the wicketkeeper. His reward for his piece of fielding is the chance to have a bowl in place of Panesar. Left-handed Yuvraj will be firmly in his sights...Kohli produces the shot of the session so far (not that there has been a lot of competition for the award) when he punches an on-drive beyond a diving mid-on. Only thing is, it's also his last. The next ball takes his outside edge and Swann underneath the ball at second slip, much to the delight of Anderson.BYE, BYE, BYE, BYE. A flighted delivery from Panesar beats Tendulkar's bat and then also Prior's gloves. Four extras to India's total. They'll take all the runs they can get during this afternoon session.So close for England! Tendulkar gets fortunate when an outside edge not only falls short of Swann at second slip but also gets beyond the fielder and away for four. The batsman does push the next ball firmly through the covers for a couple, but there's no doubting that these are tricky times for him right now.Confusion between the wickets as Kohli looks to sneak a single to avoid another England maiden. Tendulkar sends him back in time and there's no repeat of that rather ridiculous run out that we saw earlier in the day to end Sehwag's innings.Anderson takes over from Finn after the mid-session break. England's best exponent of reverse swing, 'The Burnley Express' twice tries in-ducking yorkers to 'The Little Master'.England are turning the screw here, literally. Panesar has Tendulkar groping away like a desperate man just before the lights go on at a seedy nightclub. Superb delivery from Monty, who just suddenly seems to become England's No.1 spinner when he's in the XI. DRINKS in Kolkata, India have had it tough since lunch.Tendulkar cops a blow on the arm off the first ball of the over as Finn tests him with a nasty, rising short one - this is what he offers that Broad doesn't; even on the most sluggish of pitches, Finn can still trouble the very best for pace and bounce.So yet another Test innings without a ton for Gambhir. He played beautifully this morning but seemed to get bogged down with Tendulkar since lunch. He nearly got away with it as well, Trott taking the catch by almost catching it in his arm pit. The clock shows he had 0.38 seconds to react to the edge.Monty strikes again! Gambhir goes to cut but the ball gets slightly big on him, resulting in an edge flying to slip. Trott seems a little surprised by the chance but manages to cling on.Good battle between bat and ball when Tendulkar is facing Finn. The over starts and ends with boundaries for 'The Little Master', but in between the bowler twice beats him outside the off stump. Signs of some reverse swing now, something the experts thought might happen considering the ebrasive nature of the surface.Again, England allow Tendulkar a single at the end of the over to get the strike. It's up to Finn now to make sure he stays there for more than a delivery or two. Question - considering his bowling looks like it'll barely be used, do England rate Patel's batting that much to pick him in front of Bairstow? Couldn't Jonny be good at six instead? Send your thoughts to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com.Gambhir breaks the shackles with a four down to the vacant third man region. Nicely played, too, after England had seen Tendulkar sneak off strike at the start of the over thanks to a miss-field by Anderson at mid-on.Tendulkar is stuck in treacle when it comes to strike-rate, yet England somehow allow him to ease a single to mid-off. I can only hope that's so he's on strike to face Finn in the next over. No need to be cautious when the game is well within your grasp.Finn takes over from Anderson. With Tendulkar on strike there is a clear plan - rough 'im up. Two deliveries at Sachin and both of them are short, though England haven't bothered to follow through totally with the plan by posting a short leg. We've now had 12 runs in the eight overs since the lunch interval at Eden Gardens.England have now stationed a man under the helmet on both sides of the wicket now when Tendulkar is on strike. And in case you're wondering what was the make-up of England's attack on their last Test appearance here? It included no less than four seamers - Devon Malcom, Paul Jarvis, Chris Lewis and Paul Taylor. I kid ye not.Maiden from Anderson to Gambhir - he barely had to play at any delivery from over the wicket. England will be hoping for better fortunes than their last Test appearance at this venue - they lost by eight wickets back in 1993. Their best bowler in that match? Graeme Hick, who claimed five wickets in the contest.India's 100 comes up, albeit in slightly streaky fashion as Tendulkar gets a thick outside edge to a full ball from Panesar that goes well past the fielder at slip and away for four runs.Gambhir breaks away from leaving the ball outside his off stick to drive Anderson for four. That should kick-start the afternoon session a little bit.Tendulkar gets a single into the leg side. The run gets a huge cheer from the crowd, as it takes Sachin to 34,000 runs in international cricket. I don't think I managed that many during my entire time of playing Brian Lara Cricket on the Playstation. And I scored A LOT of runs on that game - Greg Blewett once made 800 on his own for me in one dig in Sri Lanka. No one can say I wasted my years at university. Anyone beat that? Email in to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or tweet to @SkySportsLanny.More signs of uneven bounce as a delivery from Anderson grubbers along the deck. Sky Sports' Mike Atherton did attempt to take a look at the pitch before play, but was politely asked to leave the area by the head groundsman, Mr Mukherjee. Back-to-back maidens to begin the session.Monty starts the afternoon session with a maiden to Tendulkar - the left-arm spinner got the legend out twice in the last Test, and Sachin is determined to play as far forward as possible today. England have also stationed Ian Bell at position more like silly mid-on than short leg. Word from Kolkata is there are around about 10,000 in so far today - the venue actually holds over 63,000.We're set to get back underway at Eden Gardens. Bit of a pivotal session this for both Indian batsmen.90 runs thanks to plenty of boundaries, two wickets, a farcical run out and a jig of delight from Monty Panesar. As opening sessions go in Test cricket, that was pretty entertaining.Tendulkar turns down a looooonggg single in the final over of the morning session. He's only got thoughts for lunch, leaving Gambhir to successfully see out the Anderson over and take India in at 90-2.Maiden from Monty to Tendulkar. There's some nerves there for 'The Little Master', no question about it. During the over he tries one rather over-ambitious drive that results in an inside edge back towards the stumps. England like what they see, yet still Cook won't step away from the gameplan and post a silly point. James Anderson is going to return for a one-over stint before the lunch break.Gambhir scampers a single off the first ball of the Swann over to get to 50 - it's his 21st in Test cricket and his fourth against England. Tendulkar also gets a run to open his account, playing back and flicking a delivery out to deep backward square leg. There's an appeal in the over for a fluke catch off the short leg fielder, only for replays to quickly show the ball bounced about a foot in front of his foot before looping up to Prior.That jig was something special from Panesar after he'd clean bowled Pujara. England's field to Tendulkar, though, is not. No man up in his face at silly point. Yes, he can play, but here's a man lacking form and under pressure.Ohhh Monty! Pujara is done all ends up by Panesar, failing to read the length in time as he plays back to one he should've been forward to. The result is him being castled and the bowler doing a jig of delight. It beats him looking shocked and bewildered at taking a wicket I suppose. Not sure he's going to make the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, though.Gambhir moves to 49 with a delicate flick down to the fine leg fence. He has a great chance of ending his century drought in Test cricket at this venue. Of his nine Test tons, eight of them came in the span of 10 matches.England now have a man stationed at deep backward point when Monty bowls to Gambhir, rather giving the left-hander an easu outlet for a single. Still, there is hope for the tourists when the next man in the India order, some chap called Tendulkar, so far averages a whopping nine in the series.And Swann is on. England's most successful ever spinner in Test cricket now, and judging by the early signs of this pitch he can expect plenty of work over the next day or two. STAT ALERT - Pakistan were the last team to win the toss and field at Eden Gardens...back in February 1987.Gambhir gets his ninth boundary with a neat bit of footwork and a push through the covers off Panesar. Deliberately placed to the left of point, the ball simply raced away to the rope.Gambhir perhaps hastens the end of the Finn spell with a superb drive through extra cover for four. I'm not sure the bowler will be too bothered to have a break when he sees the fifth delivery of the over, bowled from around the wicket, reach wicketkeeper Prior on the second bounce. Sluggish perfectly describes this pitch, as well as may work output before the hours of 11am.Pujara picks up six runs with shots through the mid-wicket region, though in between he survives a loud appeal for leg before. Good decision, too, from the umpire; the ball didn't quite straighten enough, meaning it was going on to miss leg stick. Can't be long now until we see Graeme Swann into the attack for England.More signs of some uneven bounce in Finn's over. Also the odd sign that Pujara isn't quite as comfortable against someone able to get it above his waist on a regular basis. Had England still had a short leg in place a catch would have been snaffled off an inside edge.Pujara uses his feet to move down the wicket and get to the pitch against Panesar, allowing him to flick through past mid-on and mid-wicket for his first boundary of the day. Monty's response is to push his line a little wider, seeing him twice beat the batsman. Good contest between spin and willow this morning.The run of dot balls is finally broken when Gambhir drives fortunately in the air wide to the left of KP, who has been stationed more at a fifth slip position rather than gully. No chance of a catch. Finn had beaten the left-hander a couple of balls before, getting one to actually land on the hard part of this otherwise docile pitch.And another maiden - Nick Knight makes a good point on commentary that Panesar has picked the right line to bowl quickly here, aiming at the stumps to bring more modes of dismissal into play. With a lack of turn in this surface at the moment, you must threaten the furniture. Not too many are going to turn sharply and take the outside edge for slip to catch.Maiden from Finn as he takes over from Anderson after the break. Gambhir's record in 2012 - eight Tests, 13 innings, two half-centuries and an average just above 30.Maiden from Panesar to take us through to DRINKS on day one in Kolkata. No signs of spin really, so this is a pitch where you want to fill your boots on the opening two or three days.Pujara brings up India's half-century with a single to fine leg, then watches on as Gambhir greets the milestone by slapping Anderson away on the rise through point for four. The left-hander will want to stay out in the middle until lunch just so he can avoid opening partner Sehwag and coach Duncan Fletcher after his part in that farcical run out.STAT ALERT! India made 631-7 on their last Test appearance in Kolkata - the now-retired duo of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman hit centuries, as well as skipper MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, we haven't seen a seamer take a wicket in this series since the second ball of the second Test.England gleefully accepted that early Xmas present from India's opening pair, as they managed to turn a comfortable three into two-and-a-half runs. Gambhir just turned his back on his partner, though Sehwag seemed to ignore the signs and just kept on charging until it was too late. The wicket does also show the value of fielding in packs - Patel made the stop and Finn was there to back his team-mate up, rifling in a superb throw from the deep.England have a breakthrough...via a run out! Sehwag clips Anderson through mid-wicket for what looks like a comfortable three. The only problem for India is Gambhir's happy with two, leaving his partner stranded in the middle of the pitch. He turns like the QE II and has no hope of beating Finn's excellent throw from the deep. And all that came after Patel had dived to stop the ball from getting over the rope. Great boost for England.Gambhir comes down the pitch to drive superbly over the top for four runs - India going along at a fair lick this morning. Panesar's pace is noticeably quicker after he's been deposited back over his head, though that's no bad thing on this surface. No real signs of spin so far.England continue to persist with this fielder at deep gully, again meaning a poorly-timed drive is allowed to squirt off the outside edge of Sehwag's bat and past the man stationed there. After the ball is fetched back from the boundary fence, Cook moves KP up to a catching position. And if you're wondering, the horse is now three fields over as the tourists finally bolt the stable door. Anderson has an appeal for leg before against Gambhir rejected - going down leg and also a debate over height. Not that much going for it, really.Early and attacking change from England skipper Cook, bringing on Panesar whilst the ball is still nice and hard. Noticeable that every time he does play a Test, Monty seems to get first dibs over Swann. Might take him time to find the right pace to bowl on this sluggish surface - he's cut away on one occasion for four by Gambhir, who has not hit a ton in his last 24 Tests.England have not only posted a sweeper on the cover fence but also a deep gully for Sehwag. The first fielding position does save a couple of runs at the start of the over, but the fact KP is so deep at gully means a drive that would normally be at catchable height instead bounces in front of him and slips by for four runs. A much more traditional field to Gambhir as India go along at four an over.A little more on Sharma's selection by India - he has dismissed England captain Cook on six occasions. Remember Yadav, who played the first Test for India, has been ruled out through injury. Meanwhile, England's fit-again paceman Finn is getting it down in the mid 80s so far. 'Bally', however, thinks the tourists have boobed leaving out Broad - so much so he thinks India "will win easy".Groundsman Mr Mukherjee is a bit precious about his pitch here in Kolkata. Safe to say MS Dhoni is not on his Christmas card list after trying to tell him what to prepare, yet the talk from the curator about the surface having pace and bounce seems a little wide of the mark when a delivery from Anderson creeps along to Prior at ankle height. Maiden from the Burnley Express.Sehwag gets off the mark in extravagant style, driving on the up backward of point for four runs. Finn does, though, look as if he's hurrying the India opener a little more than he'd like. Mark has been in touch via email - he reckons England have their team just about right. His concern is India picking a second seamer - what do they know? They know Harbhajan didn't do much in the second Test, plus this pitch won't turn as much from day one as the last.After being troubled by deliveries back of a length from Anderson, Gambhir is delighted when he gets something much fuller to drive away through the covers. Still, Anderson won't mind seeing him have a go whilst it's swinging. Sehwag, meanwhile, is still stuck on zero.Interesting first over from Finn in the series. His first ball is a real loosener that Gambhir tucks away to fine leg for four, then the batsman gets another boundary from the next when he guides a delivery down between third slip and gully. But, when Sehwag gets on strike, England loudly appeal for a catch behind. Wicketkeeper Prior was straight up, but the bowler was less enthusiastic. Clearly he, like umpire Dharmasena, saw bat clip pad, not ball.Anderson starts off proceedings and there's a little bit of swing with the new cherry, as well as some bounce. Gambhir gets India up and running with a single tucked off his hip backward of square leg before watching from the other end as opening partner Sehwag sees out the rest of the over.It's 9am in Kolkata now as the players make their way out to the middle to begin this match. There's a bit of early-morning mist around, but the action will start on time.Feel free to send in your opinions via email (Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com) or even Twitter (@SkySportsLanny). Are England right to drop Broad? Are they right to recall Bell?England have made two changes to the side that won last time out. No surprise to see Ian Bell come back straight back in to replace Jonny Bairstow, and I suppose - given his form so far on this tour - it's hardly a shock that Stuart Broad has been left out. The fit-again Steven Finn will share the new ball with James Anderson. India, meanwhile, have drafted in Ishant Sharma instead of Harbhajan Singh.Cook doesn't look too concerned that his side will have to field first, smiling broadly to Ravi Shastri during his interview. And speaking of Broad...You're not going to believe this, but Alastair Cook has called incorrectly at the toss. India counterpart MS Dhoni has no hesitation in picking to bat first for the third time in a row. He'll be hoping it goes a little better than the last Test.And welcome to over-by-over coverage of the third Test between India and England. The series has moved on to the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata.