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Last Updated: 06/12/12 11:21am
So another day that belongs to England in Kolkata. They wrapped up India's innings in decent time this morning, then set about getting beyond it in impressive fashion. They will resume on day three on 216-1, trailing their hosts by just 100 runs. Alastair Cook will be back out in the middle - he now has 23 Test centuries, the most by an Englishman. He's also hit five in as many matches as skipper. Quite remarkable achievements from a man who doesn't turn 28 until Christmas Day. Don't overlook the contribution of Nick Compton either, having played his part in an excellent opening stand. Right that's me signing off, thanks for your company. Please join my esteemed colleague Joe Drabble on Friday.
Cook sneaks a single off the first ball, not only getting him off strike but also bringing up the half-century stand for the second wicket. Trott, however, leaves his skipper with just one more delivery to face in the final over, something he comfortably does with a front-foot block to Zaheer. NEWS FLASH! Steve Finn was all padded up to be nightwatchman. Has Jimmy Anderson pulled rank? Has he been demoted from the role? Somebody needs to ask some questions this evening in Kolkata.Sharma is summoned back for a one-over spell - it's a maiden. Trott twice leaves alone deliveries that reverse back in late, though the Warwickshire batsman doesn't look duly flustered. A further sign of low bounce, too, when he has to dig down to keep a straight one out. The experts reckon this pitch won't break up too much, but uneven bounce may be the worry for batsmen on days four and five.Zaheer returns. He doesn't look too chuffed to be asked to bowl again, but India have no interest in sending down more overs than they have to - putting a seamer back on is the best way to waste a bit of time. Singles apiece for both batsmen - Cook wants a drink at the end of the over to kill a few more seconds.Singles apiece - Cook does play a shot in anger, sweeping out to deep square leg. Good job he hit it, too, as it straightened enough for India to get excited.A direct hit from Sharma from mid-off, but Trott is still home by a distance after calling Cook through for a run. At least India's fielders have now managed to pick up the ball unlike Sehwag's horrendous effort to stop a drive earlier in the day. My grandmother could've done better, and she's 96 with bad eyes. 24 more balls for England to remain one down and for me to sign off from this series.Back-to-back maidens as England shut up shop. Cook is keen to make sure he's still batting tomorrow. What an astonishing effort from the skipper, five centuries in five matches in charge now. Little surprised India haven't used one of their part-time bowlers so far, thought Yuvraj or Kohli might have been worth an over.Maiden from Ohja. The trumpet is out in the stands, Billy belting out a few tunes to keep the England fans amused as we approach the close of play. Thankfully he doesn't have anything by One Direction in his playlist. Six overs to go - with two spinners on and England playing for close, we might actually finish on time after all.Having turned down a seemingly comfortable single to mid-on earlier in the over, Trott then calls his batting partner through for one to the same man from the final ball. That's excellent counting - the only number you need to reach as a good batsman is six.A single to Trott keeps the scoreboard ticking over. There was a four-day domestic game played on this pitch not too long ago - 25 wickets fell in the match. David Lloyd on commentary duty suggested this pitch was so flat you could mail it home in an envelope.Trott does well to get his New Balance bat down in time to keep out a delivery from Ashwin that keeps low. England won't mind seeing that too much, seen as they now only trail by 109. Nine overs of day two remaining, so we seem to definitely be going beyond the scheduled close at 10.30 GMT.Trott finishes another Ohja over with a flick through mid-wicket for four. He likes that shot, not a place you should be bowling at him unless you're trying to get him back into form.I used to have a pair of New Balance football boots - think they were named after Bryan Robson. Weren't my favourites as a kid, though - they were my Diadora Baggios. Bright yellow on them, made me play like the divine ponytail, too (as in I didn't do much defending). Meanwhile, out in the middle, England have now passed 200 for the loss of just Compton.Ahh, now that's more like the Trott we've come to see over the last few years. Ohja tries floating one up but it's too straight, allowing England's number three to whip him away in between mid-on and mid-wicket for his second boundary of the innings. England now trail by 117 as we have 12 overs left in the day.Cook steals a single to Tendulkar at mid-off. The throw is on target and umpire Dharmasena decides to take a look - the batsman has nearly run past the bowler by the time the ball strikes the stumps. Trott also gets a run to finally get off four.Ohja sends down a maiden to Trott, who has become somewhat becalmed after that leg-side boundary got him off the mark early on.Turns out a loopy full toss isn't the answer to getting rid of Cook - Ashwin pays the price as he's flicked through mid-wicket for four. Thanks to Michael, James, Anthony and Sam for all stating it is New Balance that Trott is now using. Also, a good morning to my former team-mate Pat, a Yorkshireman stuck living in Manchester.Rhys tells me via Twitter that Trott is now using New Balance. Well, if any company is going to know about runs, it should be them. Anyways, whatever bat he's now got has just patted back a maiden from Ohja after the drinks break.Loud appeals for leg before from Zaheer - it hit Cook outside the line, still wasn't swinging back enough to hit the stumps and may have even hit the inside edge. Apart from that? Plum. Cook's response is to drive the next ball effortlessly through the covers for another boundary.Trott is off the mark with a flick down fine four runs - he'll be glad for that thick edge, having made ducks in his previous first innings in the series. Anyone know who he is now sponsored by? Obviously not Gunn&Moore any more. Answers via email to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or tweet to @SkySportsLanny.Even on the replays it's tough to tell if Compton got a bit of bat, or glove, on that shot. He looked disappointed to be given out. Meanwhile, Cook continues to pile on the runs. Zaheer's return to the attack sees him leak 11 from the over, the opener getting four with a deft pull before then slamming another short ball backward of the fielder at point. England trail by 140.And it was all going so well for England in that Ojha over, both openers having picked up boundaries. Turns out umpire Tucker may well have been shaking his head at Compton, who pushed the bat in his direction to say he'd got a bottom edge on the attempted sweep. Either way, he's out and Trott is in.India finally have a breakthrough, albeit only just. Compton goes a long way across his stumps to play a paddle sweep against Ohja, but umpire Tucker seems to give him a reprieve when he starts shaking his head to turn down the lbw appeals. His arm, however, doesn't agree with his head, suddenly raising itself to send the opener on his way for 57.Cook sweeps fine for three to bring up yet another Test hundred - it's his 23rd, no Englishman has ever hit more. Wally Hammond got to 22 back in 1939, and now that number has finally been surpassed. It also means he's made five tons in five Tests as captain, including three on this tour. As I said earlier, hopeless tosser, but a machine when it comes to scoring runs. He'll set a serious record for hundreds and runs scored for England by the time he's finished. Remember, he doesn't turn 28 until Christmas Day.Ojha returns in place of Ishant. Cook likes the left-arm spinner, it allows him to get across his crease and sweep in a relatively-safe fashion. He does so impressively to get four more, taking him to 98 and forcing opposite number Dhoni to push another fielder back onto the boundary rope. The blow also takes this opening partnership past 150.Singles to both batsmen to leave England trailing by 168. We have 23 overs remaining in the day so once again there may be a little bit of overtime, light permitting.Jack's sent in a 'radical idea' - why not put in KP next instead of Trott? Nice theory, particularly with India toiling, but this is England. You can't get them to budge on playing five bowlers, don't expect them to suddenly switch their batting order around. Meanwhile, at Eden Gardens, the crowd have become completely bored by the cricket and are now doing a Mexican Wave. Harmless maiden from Ishant to Cook.Trott's got to be suffering a case of pad rash in the hutch. This opening pair - who both pick up singles in the latest over from Ashwin - are doing a sterling job, leaving India's attack looking toothless in Kolkata.A controlled pull stroke gets Compton the single he needs to reach his maiden Test half-century. His team-mates are up to applaud his efforts, plus there's a congratulatory hand-shake from his skipper out in the middle. Just shows age is no barrier, suggesting I should perhaps get the pads out of the cupboard this summer as my first-class dreams may not be over just yet. Meanwhile, the run machine that is Alastair Cook cuts for four to move into the 90s yet again.Another milestone for Cook - that three in the last Ishant over means he is now the fastest man to 7,000 Test runs. It's taken him 27 years and 347 days, comfortably beating the previous record by Sachin Tendulkar. Here he sees out a maiden from Ashwin. England trail now by 178 runs.Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Sehwag has just attempted to stop a ball like an eight-year-old whose got stuck in goal on a Sunday morning. Cook cuts hard but it's straight at Virender, who then does everything in his powers to avoid it. The crowd weren't impressed by that, begging the question what exactly is he doing at extra cover? He at least gets to stretch his legs when Cook drives the final delivery of the over out towards the point fence, though Yuvraj - hardly a 100m sprinter himself - wins the race to the ball.Compton gets to 49 with a delicate paddled sweep for a couple of runs, then is beaten all ends up by a good 'un from Ashwin. Have to say I've been impressed with the Somerset batsman on this tour, both in terms of technique and mental approach. And, yes, I'm well aware he's no Energizer Bunny when it comes to the scoring rate, but he's improved with every innings he's played.Compton kicks off the evening session with a bottom-edged cut off Sharma that bounces into the deck and then through right where second slip would have been stationed. A single pushed into the covers means he will have the strike for the next over - slightly surprised to see it's Ashwin, rather than the pace of Zaheer, to be bowling it.So England have added 99 runs in the 31 overs since lunch - most importantly, they have also yet to lose a wicket in their first innings. Cook has made the most of being dropped on 17 to fill his boots yet again, while Compton has now posted a new Test best. They will resume in the 'evening' session (it'll only be 2pm local time) on 121-0.Compton has now posted his highest Test score after flicking Ohja through mid-wicket for a well-run three. He needed to hit it, though, as he'd gone right back on his stumps to a ball that didn't turn. Cook pats back the rest of the over to take England into tea with still 10 wickets in hand.A breezy maiden from Ashwin means we are going to have time for one more over before the tea break at Eden Gardens.Are these the same India spinners that ripped through England in the opening Test of the series? Jack's panicking a little that if Cook gets out, Compton and Trott may well bring the world to a standstill. I think the latter would just be glad to get to double figures - he's averaging 5.75 so far in this series.Cook and Trott push hard to pick up three for the former's square drive, though yet again they nearly have a crash in the middle of the wicket when coming back for the final run. At least they're pushing hard, unlike their India counterparts yesterday morning.Compton tickles Ohja away for four - yet more good runs for England's newest cap. Mind you, if there are plans to hold a street party in Taunton for when he makes his maiden hundred, I reckon you don't need to put the bunting out until Saturday morning at the earliest. England trail by 206 with all 10 first-innings wickets still in hand.Another over-pitched delivery from Ashwin, another scorching drive from Cook. Four more to the EN-GER-LUND. We're fast approaching tea and the tourists are on top here.Dhoni tries his luck at getting the ball changed. If it was reversing for India, he'd have never raised an issue with the umpires. Anyway, on this occasion it seems India get their wish. The fourth official is called out with a box of balls and eventually one is chosen from the many options available. Doesn't seem to bother Compton, though, as he cuts away Ojha's last delivery in the over to bring up the century stand between England's opening pair.Cook pinches the strike when he pushes one to Yuvraj and takes him on - the fielder didn't even manage to pick the ball up cleanly to let him have a shy at the stumps. Honestly, India must comfortably be the worst fielding side in the world.Runs keep coming with ease for England - Cook's ability to play the sweep now gives him a superb outlet for milking the spinners. We've had 23 singles, three twos, 12 fours, one five and two sixes in this innings so far.Ashwin is leaking a few here - he looks set for a much-needed maiden until Cook effortlessly leans on a full ball to finish the over, sending it streaking across this grease-lightning outfield for four more. That was as easy as you like - England's skipper is a man in form and also a man holding a seriously good piece of willow.It's almost like tip-and-run cricket now; England are taking on the fielders and beating them comfortably. Compton this time pushes one straight to mid-off and still easily gets home before Zaheer can attempt to throw down the stumps.Ashwin takes over from Zaheer, meaning India finally go with spinners from both ends. Compton and Cook almost collide taking a single to mid-wicket - they don't need to give India a helping hand with a run out. That would have been even more ridiculous than Gambhir and Sehwag's effort yesterday morning. They challenge the field again from the final ball of the over, Compton comfortably getting home...and...BUZZERS! Four of them to be precise, neither Dhoni nor leg slip could stop the throw. Cook will welcome the little bonus to his total.Ojha is bowling around the wicket to both left and right-hander, placing a slip and a gully for Cook to display the fact the ball is not spinning. Cook does his best to feed those catchers, trying a rather risky cut shot to a quicker delivery. England now trail by 239.Maiden from Zaheer - none of India's bowlers are posing much of a threat to England's opening pair. More elegant right-handers - Ian Bell, Sachin Tendulkar, Carl Hooper and skysports.com's very own Joe Drabble. None better to watch in the Lincolnshire Leagues than Joe D.THWACK! Compton breaks the self-imposed shackles by trotting down the wicket and almost flat-batting Ohja down the ground for six. That'll do him some good, and it was well taken by one of India's sub fielders just beyond the boundary rope, too. Such a good shot I thought it deserved a retro-style Batman word to begin with.After punching a four down the ground, Cook pushes a full delivery from Zaheer into a gap in the covers to get the single that takes him through to his half-century. He may not be a very good tosser (stop your giggling, it's still early in the morning) but boy can he bat. It's his fifth Test 50 against India and has come up from 87 balls with nine boundaries and a six.Ojha comes on after the break, starting his work with the ball with a maiden to the treacle-like Compton. Suggestions coming in for elegant right-handers - Steve via Twitter mentions the name Michael Vaughan, who showed better footwork out in the middle than he did on the dancefloor.An hour done in the afternoon session in Kolkata - England remain unscathed and now trail by 254 as the players enjoy a drink.India look flat out in the middle. Michael Atherton said during his lunchtime interview that there's a theory that MS Dhoni gets bored during Test cricket on flat surfaces, which is one of the reasons why he wanted a turning pitch here. We were promised one with pace and bounce, but I can only think that one got stolen and replaced by this featherbed instead.Zaheer comes back on. Definitely some reverse swing for him now. The latest 'Ask Sunny' on the home commentary wants to know why left-handers look more elegant than their right-handed counterparts. I've seen enough elegant righties in my time - two Australians, Mark Waugh and Damien Martyn spring to mind - but feel free to send in your own suggestions to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or tweet to @SkySportsLanny.Even the inside edges are getting four now for Cook, though without a leg slip he was never in danger of being caught when pushing forward. Ashwin having a few early issues in his spell, which will be a bit concerning for skipper Dhoni.Cook tucks away the final ball of the over from Sharma, one far too close to the left-hander's pads. This outfield at Eden Gardens is ridiculously quick and even a flick sends the ball away to the rope. Good job the skipper is finding the fence, as Compton is making Chris Tavare look like Virender Sehwag.Oh Alastair, with these lofted drives you are really spoiling us. Cook takes a shuffle down the pitch to loft Ashwin straight back over his head for a superb six. A sweep for a single off the delivery that follows brings up the half-century stand between England's opening pair. They now trail by 266.Shot of the innings so far breaks the run of dot balls by Sharma. He searches for the outside edge with one full outside off, but instead is just driven gloriously through the covers for four runs.Cook greets Ashwin's return to the attack with an aggressive shot, sweeping powerfully for four. A scampered single to mid-off puts Compton on strike, and the Somerset batsman gets a four of his own when a thick edge runs well out of the reach of the fielder at slip. That's given the men running the scoreboard a bit more work to do.Back-to-back maidens for Sharma. England have to be a little careful they don't get stuck in neutral. They can't rely on the appearance of Pietersen in the middle to lift the pace. India are going to change the pace themselves now, bringing on Ravi Ashwin. He bowled just the solitary over before the lunch break. We've yet to see Pragyan Ohja in this innings.Cook gets a single with a cut to deep backward point, Compton then following suit to steal the strike. Sehwag has been located on the field, so perhaps he just didn't fancy fielding in the slips today. To be honest, I'd find it tough to trust a man who appears to be wearing the same style sunglasses as my dad has in his glove compartment in his Ford Mondeo. Still, has to be a better option than Pujara, who was padded up for his work at short leg.Maiden from Sharma - boy, Compton does love a dot ball. England creeping along but still yet to lose a wicket in their innings.DROPPED! Pujara puts down Cook at first slip! Zaheer finds the edge and it carried, albeit only just. It's a simple chance really, and one that should be snaffled. Where's Sehwag? He's normally the man stationed next to the skipper. Cook is hardly a man you want to give a life to, considering he's averaging just short of 130 in this series so far.Cook makes a rare error on this tour with the bat in his hand, feeling away outside his off stump at a Sharma delivery that just went across him with the angle. Meanwhile, on commentary for Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain claims to be the most unfortunate cricketer ever. Turns out he once lost the toss 14 times in a row when England captain - must be something to do with Essex players...Compton starts the afternoon with a clip off his pads that runs away to the rope at square leg. Zaheer knows he's started off too straight, and the next one offers away a little to beat the England opener's outside edge. Good signs for India that the ball might be reversing so soon.Delighted if you want to get in touch as the afternoon session is about to start - Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com is the e-mail address, or alternatively send a tweet to @SkySportsLanny.Another good session for England - having lost the toss on the first morning he'd be happy to be batting before lunch on day two replying to 316 all out. Dhoni got his half-century this morning but India wanted a lot, lot more than what they ended up with.Change of ends for Sharma, but no change in Compton's approach - he's stoic in defence and able to squeeze out a single backward of point from a forward lunge. Cook sees out the final three deliveries to take his team into lunch on day two at 22 without loss.Ashwin sends down the first over of spin in this England innings. It's a maiden to start with against Cook. Comparisons made to England's spin duo over what pace to bowl - Ashwin is around three or four kph slower than Swann, while Panesar actually has the biggest variety in terms of speeds.Nearly a mix-up from the final ball of the Zaheer over - Compton pushed firmly back past the bowler and fancied a single, only to then notice Tendulkar had quickly got around to field the ball. Thankfully, and despite turning like the QE II, Cook managed to get back in time at the non-striker's end.Cook gets another four down to third man - some would say it's a thick edge (the bowler included), others would reckon it was guided off the middle (Cook amongst them). India have stationed a short leg for some reason, too, despite their being about as much bounce in this pitch as a trampoline lacking springs.Zaheer has a go around the wicket to Compton, who is still happy to leave as much as possible alone outside off stump. His ability to do just that is one of his biggest strengths, as well as a rock-solid defensive technique off front and back foot. England trail by 299, can't be long now before we see an over of spin before lunch.Sharma has dismissed Cook on six occasions in Test cricket, though one of those was when the left-hander had the small matter of 294 to his name at Edgbaston. There's a brief appeal for leg before against the England skipper until everyone realises it's pitched a good foot outside of his leg stick.Sign of a spot of low bounce as Cook jabs his bat down on a delivery outside of off stump from Zaheer, who is monitoring the state of the ball extremely closely after each delivery he has sent down. There's no issue about bounce when Cook tucks away a leg-side delivery to the fine leg fence, netting him his second boundary of the innings.Maiden from Sharma - in truth, Compton left alone the majority of it outside his off stump. Ishant has taken 12 wickets in his last nine Test matches at an average of 87. Things can only get better, right?Another boundary for Cook, albeit this time off a thick outside edge. It was never in the air and, in truth, the man at gully went down in stages trying to stop it. As well as trying to find a way to shift the England skipper, Zaheer also has the problem that umpire Tucker has told him off for running on the wicket in his follow-through.Compton gets off the mark with a push into the covers, though there's a little hesitation between England's opening pair over whether to take the single or not. BUZZERS! Compton then gets the added bonus of an extra run when there's no one to back up the shy at the stumps. No real movement for either Zaheer or Ishant in their first overs - reverse might be more likely for both later in the day.Cook spoils a potential maiden for Zaheer by cutting the final ball away through point for four. No fielder moved when he hit the ball, except to turn around a second or two later to go and fetch it from the boundary.So Dhoni perishes a delivery after reaching his milestone with a boundary. He'll be happy enough with the last-wicket efforts of Ojha to get the total past 300, but that wasn't the score he quite had in mind when he won the toss yesterday morning.Dhoni carved the fifth delivery through extra cover to take him through to his 27th Test match half-century, but that's all she wrote for India when he gloves the next one up in the air for Swann to snare moving around from second slip. Finn strikes in his first over into the attack, meaning he does now have one more wicket in this series than the man he replaced, Stuart Broad.Six deliveries - six blocks. England are a little stuck now at trying to fathom out an innings that has, up until now, gone perfectly to plan. India probably only have to get through the next over to reach drinks, and that looked highly unlikely when Zaheer and Ishant fell in quick succession.Game going nowhere here now, after those two huge sixes off Panesar Dhoni has barely played a shot in anger since. Still, he's still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah. Swann again to Ojha now...Ojha comfortably sees out a maiden - can't help but think England missed a trick not letting Finn loose in that over, unless he's due to replace Anderson at the other end shortly. All a little frustrating that the tourists can't claim this final wicket and wrap up the innings.It feels like deja vu here as Dhoni dots back the first four deliveries of the Anderson over. It feels like deja vu here as Dhoni dots back the first four deliveries of the Anderson over. However, this time he can't find a single from the final two, meaning England have Ojha in their sights. And, with the No.11 being a left-hander, Swann is going to replace fellow step-and-fetch-it bowler Panesar.Dhoni pats back five from Panesar and then pushes the last with his bottom hand down the ground for a single, chipping it in the air but seeing it land safely short of the fielder in the deep. He keeps the strike and now England might wonder about pace from both ends.Ojha survives three deliveries and then sneaks a leg bye from the fourth, giving Dhoni two balls to face from Anderson. The first almost gets the kitchen sink before he changes his mind at the last second, then he tip and runs to the last, catching Finn cold at mid-on to get himself the strike again. Now do England stick with Panesar? Perhaps pace from both ends with Finn coming on?After being circumspect for the first four deliveries of the over, Dhoni duly belts the last two from Panesar straight down the ground for sixes. The first of them not only takes India beyond 300, it also pushes their skipper past 400 Test runs at this venue in Kolkata. Crucially, though, Ojha is now left facing Anderson.More stalemate - England now have the field completely out for the first four deliveries, allowing Dhoni to basically have a bit of a net whilst he waits to see what he can do from the final two. No surprise to see the bouncer saved til last, only the India skipper is waiting for it, allowing him to pull it out to deep square leg for a single that means he's back on strike for the next over.Last man Pragyan Ojha blocks out the final three balls of the over to make it a Panesar wicket maiden. Monty tried him with the shin high full bunger first up, but the left-hander was wise to his tactics. Dhoni must now try and score as many as possible whilst this innings is still going.Sharma's just missed a straight ball. It's full and flighted and the tail-ender plays right over it. The furniture is disturbed and India are now nine down - Monty has a four-four here.Stalemate here at Eden Gardens - England have pushed the field back for Dhoni but he doesn't want to take a single early in the over. The first four deliveries are dots, then the India skipper pulls away for four backward of square for a welcome boundary. The last sees a swing and a miss, meaning Sharma is left on strike to face Panesar. England will be happy enough with that, well all of them except Anderson. The Burnley Express is steaming this morning...Ishant doesn't have to face as Zaheer fell to the last ball of the over. Dhoni now has the strike to Anderson as he sees another partner fall by the wayside. Sharma can do the 'Brigadier Block' role for a while, but tough for the India captain to have complete faith in him to last for an hour or so.Zaheer had looked comfortable against pace and spin, only to then miss a straight one from Panesar that was going to take out middle and leg had it not struck the batsman's front pad. Umpire Dharmasena raises his finger and England have their first breakthrough of the morning, while Panesar has three in the innings.DROPPED! Anderson is not happy with his buddy Swann when he can't get a chance to stick at second slip. Again, like yesterday, he's stood further forward than Prior, something he perhaps doesn't need to do while this second new ball is still hard. It went sharply at chest height, but he couldn't grab it on two occasions. Anderson follows up with a bouncer that's called for five wides, then his mood isn't improved when Zaheer slogs the extra ball out to the mid-wicket fence for four more. Exciting stuff!Panesar is picked to share bowling duties with Anderson - these two were the stars for England yesterday. Remember the tourists also have a second new ball that is only five overs old. Both batsmen pick up singles, though Zaheer should perhaps have thought again about calling his skipper through as it means he's on strike for Anderson's next over.Sparse crowd in this morning (though play does start at 9am local time) but they're making some early noise when Dhoni shuffles down the wicket and slams a drive down the ground past Anderson. He's not going to dig in and hope Zaheer can bat through to lunch here. Crucially, he gloves a hook towards fine leg to get the strike from the final ball - then gets involved in a verbal sparring session with the already heated Anderson.India had made 600 or more in the first innings on their last three Test appearances at this venue. Yesterday their batsmen failed to show enough application bar Tendulkar, who fought hard for a half-century before falling in the final session straight after drinks. Now, MS Dhoni has to hope he gets some help from the tail to get them to 300 and beyond.England's bowlers, as a group, were outstanding on the opening day. James Anderson proved he's the leader of the pack with three scalps, including yet again dismissing Sachin Tendulkar. He was backed up well by Steven Finn, though it was Monty Panesar who did the bulk of the work, getting through 35 overs.and welcome to coverage of day two of the third Test between India and England - the hosts are due to resume in Eden Gardens on 273-7 in their first innings after opting to bat first.