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Last Updated: 08/12/12 11:09am
Yes, that is that for day four. A marvellous effort from Ashwin to take this into a final day. England, while disappointed not to have wrapped this up tonight, can still be pleased with their day's work. India lead by 32 runs but have only one wicket remaining. Join me from 3am GMT tomorrow morning to see how it will end.
The field is spread far and wide for Ashwin now, an indication of how well he has played this evening. He adds a single off the last ball of what could be the final over of the day...Finn returns and Ashwin has a chat with the umpires about the state of the light. Any argument he has is immediately thrown out the water when he rocks back and pulls a short ball through midwicket for another superb boundary. I think he is seeing it OK... A single will keep him on strike against Anderson next overEngland immediately call for the new cherry and the light is deemed safe enough for it to arrive. Anderson almost finishes the innings but an inside edge from Ashwin just keeps the ball away from the stumps. Ravi then plants his front foot and slaps Jimmy back down the ground for another boundary before retaining strike with a single last ball. Can still India win this? The lead is 26...Swann and England go up for a huge lbw appeal on Ojha but the umpire says no. Sky Sports technology shows that the ball would have clipped leg stump so it's a fair enough call. Maiden and new ball time...Ashwin continues to toy with the England fielders by skipping down and planting Panesar over long-on for a one-bounce four. This unbeaten knock of 72 is Ashwin's second-highest Test score. India's lead is now worth 21Really clever batting from Ashwin, who farms the strike last ball with a single to a curiously long-on. India lead by 15 runs with time in the day evaporating as quickly as the light in KolkataThe champagne remains on ice for England as Ashwin collects another single and Ojha plays Panesar with relative comfort to see out another over. Six overs are scheduled left in the day with the option of an extra half an hour. Can England finish this today?Ashwin drills a reverse-sweep out to the point boundary for a single. He deserved a few more for that. Ojha has plenty of company around the bat but he holds firm and safely negotiates Swann's final three ballsAshwin is having plenty of fun out there and so are the crowd! After skipping down and driving Monty over extra cover for four, Ashwin then hangs back and pulls a rank short ball through square leg for the same amount. Not particularly great bowling from Panesar but fair play to Ashwin, who is adding some respectability to the outcome of this matchAshwin reaches 50! A fine effort from him under the circumstances. He gets there with back-to-back boundaries off Swann, one swept over square-leg, the other edged past slip along the floor. That's his third Test half-century and ensures England will have to bat again. India lead by one!WICKET! Monty strikes! Ishant's resiliant innings of 10 off 53 balls comes to an end when Monty sneaks one past his driving blade and into off stump. England celebrate as a partnership worth 38 comes to an end. England are one wicket away from a series lead and Ojha is India's last hope alongside Ashwin. Ojha signals his intent first ball by hitting Monty high over mid-off for a couple - England won't mind seeing that...Ashwin continues to torment England, hanging back and angling Swann down to third man for two more runs before pinching a single on the off side. Time for a change Cook?Monty races through the latest rather uneventful over, which yields only an Ashwin single. Frustration beginning to creep in to the England team now...You sense that Ishant is growing in confidence out here too and he drives Swann against the spin for two more, albeit uppishly, through the covers. It is looking increasingly likely that England will have to bat again. They lead by only 15Three more runs for Ashwin, who confidently moves into the 40s. Monty has not got as much out of the pitch as Swann, who has been aided more by the footholes created by Zaheer earlier in the gameMore sweet timing from Ashwin, who leans forward and pushes Swann through the covers for two more before adding a single. The deficit is now just 19 and to remind you; Ashwin has made a Test century before...Ishant shows just why he is regularly deployed as India's nightwatchman with more stoic defence against Panesar after another Ashwin single. 16 overs left in the dayA fine over from Swann to Ishant, beating the batsman past the outside edge on two occasions. No signs of real frustration from the England team just yet but you imagine they will be determined to wrap this up tonight. MaidenMerely a change of ends for Anderson but his radar is off target early in the piece when he sends an inswinger well down the leg side, giving Prior no chance. The four byes given are very harsh on the 'keeper, but you could argue he deserves the punishment for his two misses earlier in the session. Time for drinks. India trail by 23Monty is back and you fancy he'll be looking to lure both batsmen into something rash during his latest spell. Ishant slashes at a short ball and the thick edge nearly decapitates Anderson at slip before racing down to the boundary. This partnership is worth an increasingly irritating 19Ashwin continues to hold up England and plays a dreamy clip off his front pad through midwicket to send Finn away to the boundary. Ashwin is now unbeaten on 31 and looking like a proper batsman. That may well be Finn's last over for a while, he has put in a solid shift todayIshant breaks the shackles with a well-timed drive through point to the boundary. You don't need me to tell you what Anderson makes of a tail-ender playing a shot like that against him! India trail by 37 runs and will deem it a moral victory to make England bat againThe pitch is deteriorating rapidly now and Prior will do well to finish this Test with all his teeth in tact! The ball is reaching him on the third or fourth bounce, despite Finn bowling in the region of 85mph. You feel it is a matter of time before a straight one finds its targetAnderson returns and, despite a full over at Ishant, can't join Finn on three wickets. He comes perilously close, though, with a delivery which practically rolls along the floor and flashes centimetres away from the stumps. MaidenFinn tests Ashwin out with some short stuff, but he is more than up to the task and swivels and pulls hard away to the square-leg fence. He is a handy No.8 in any team, it's just a shame from an India point of view that those above him have not contributed moreDrop! Monty is ticking now! Prior lets him down again when failing to cling on to a catch to remove Ishant. It was routine but England's usually-reliable gloveman has had five minutes to forget. England are just letting their standards slip a little here with the finishing line in sightAshwin is trying, but he simply can't get any bat on Finn, who is bowling at a lively pace on an inconsistant pitch. Some big questions for the India selectors to answer in the next Test. What changes do you think they should make? Time for Sachin to call it a day? Get in touchMiss! Prior misses a stumping with Ashwin almost halfway down the pitch. He tried to launch Panesar out of Eden Gardens, missed the ball, but Prior, put off when the ball clipped the batsman's pad, could not gather the ball and Ravi made it back. Monty is furious! You rarely see him that animated! Maybe getting his own back after Prior's stare at him when fielding earlier...WICKET! Finn has another! Zaheer is gone for a duck. He really didn't fancy it out there. After coping a blow on his thigh, he then finds himself trapped lbw by a sharp inswinger. England are closing in on an innings victory out in Kolkata as Ishant joins Ashwin!Monty remains wicketless this innings and will be determined to join the party. He tries the loopy full toss, a tried and tested wicket ball in club cricket, not so in Test matches, and Ashwin clips him away for a boundary. India trail by 48WICKET! Finn does for Kohli! Another loose drive, another edge, another catch for Prior! Finn has two and the door is open for England to march through and claim a 2-1 series lead. They are into the India tail! Kohli made 20. Zaheer is in... and almost out! He survives a huge caught behind appeal first ball when Finn gets one to jag back sharply. It looks a good call, more trouser pocket than gloveA confident start from Ashwin after tea as he takes Panesar for two boundaries. He whips the first ball of the session through square-leg and then ends the over with a thick edge through gully for the same amount. Is this the start of the India counter-attack?Kohli and Ashwin are back out, they have plenty of work to do to lead India towards parity and beyond. Will England wrap this up today? Tweet all views my way to @SkySprtsDrabsWell, what a difference a session makes! India started the afternoon on 86-0, ended it on 145-6! Anderson (2-26), Swann (2-51) and Finn (1-20) were all amongst the wickets and India are still 62 runs away from making England bat again! Stay tuned for more updates after a quick cuppaKohli stands firm and blocks out the final over of a disastrous afternoon session for IndiaAshwin pushes Swann through the covers against the spin for two more and India trail by 62. It looks like Finn will bowl the last over before tea...So close! Monty induces an edge from a driving Aswhin which sails through where second slip would and should have been and away for four. Cook reacts belatedly by putting another slipper in place. Hard to criticise the England skipper but if you can't over-attack now when can you??A glorious extra cover drive from Kohli prompts a rare moment of afternoon cheer for the India faithful, those who have stayed inside the ground anyway... Prior and Swann then give Monty a long scare after Ashwin pinches a single he ought not have. I thought that was quick work for Monty...Another over, another Kohli single. Ashwin has now faced 28 balls for his one run and, in fairness, looks solid enough in defenceKohli continues to deal in singles. Admirable restraint from the India No.5 but I'm not sure it's the right way to go. Saying that, England are not offering up many run-scoring deliveries at the moment. Tea is 10 minutes awayIt is indeed Monty time. He comprehensively beats Ashwin outside off stump with one which grips and turns away. The third umpire then receives a call when Prior and Trott go up for a half-hearted stumping. Not out, they rarely are. Although Ashwin did raise has back leg for a brief momentAnother maiden from Swann, his seventh in 17 overs. He has created fantastic pressure for Anderson at the other end. It may not be long before we see a bit of Monty alongside him thoughWith batting becoming increasingly difficult and Kohli running out of able partners, he may well think about upping the ante. No sign of panic just yet, just pure timing as he flicks Anderson off his front pad and away to the midwicket boundaryBenedict has been in touch to reveal that India have not lost a home Test match by an innings since losing to South Africa by an innings and six runs in February 2010!He won't be appreciating it, but Ashwin is being treated to an off-spin masterclass by Swann at the moment. Some balls are spinning sharply into him, some holding their line. How Ashwin doesn't snick off in that over I don't know. Just a Kohli single addedAshwin gets off the mark with a single. India are still 83 runs away from making England bat again. This has been quite a collapse!The Kolkata crowd are absolutely shell-shocked, there's no other word for it. Swann is playing just as an important role for England here and reels off another maiden to Kohli to give Anderson another crack at Ashwin. One more wicket for England and they are into the tail. Victory inside four days??WICKET! Dhoni goes for a duck! Brilliant from Anderson yet again. Just back of a length, Dhoni prods tentatively and can only edge straight to opposite number Cook, who catches well low down at first slip. Jimmy has two and England are closing in on another famous win. India are 36-6 since lunch! Out comes Ashwin...Huge pressure on India skipper Dhoni now as he makes his way out to the middle. Cook has got his bowling combinations spot on since lunch and Swann ties Kohli down with another maidenWICKET! Brilliant from Anderson! After roughing Yuvraj up with a short ball, he then comes round the wicket and knocks over the left-hander's off pole with one which shoots along the floor! Yuvraj goes for 11, he could do absolutely nothing about that oneSwann continues to probe away at Yuvraj, who dots out the first five deliveries before adding a single to keep strike. Swann would love to bowl to left-handers all day!Anderson returns after a successful burst from Finn. Jimmy works Kohli over with a mixture of away and inswingers. An inswinger is closer to off stump than Virat may have hoped but those leaves always look the best and he sees out a maidenWith two stroke-makers at the crease you fancy that Kohli and Yuvraj may chance their arm a little here. After diverting a leg-side delivery from Swann off his pad and away for four leg-byes, Yuvraj then slams a full delivery back past mid-off and to the boundary. 'Hit out, or get out' could well be India's motto now. The players take drinks with India still 88 in arrearsMy maths tells me that India are 21-4 since lunch. What did both sides have to eat? Drop! A life for Kohli! After driving Finn through the covers for four, Kohli then flicks straight to Bell at a kind of deep short-leg, but the fielder cannot hang on to a sharp, but very catchable chance. Some much-needed luck for India. Can they make England pay?WICKET!! England have another! And it's Tendulkar! Swann reduces Eden Gardens to total silence with a delivery which holds its line, catches the edge, and lands safely in the grasp of Trott at slip. Sachin walks back for just five and England are on fire!WICKET! Finn gets Gambhir! Full and wide, Gambhir can only edge his attempted drive through to Prior, who takes a fine diving catch. Gambhir goes for 40 but he must also take total accountability for the run out of Pujara. Kohli joins Tendulkar in the middle and it's the Barmy Army who can be heard the loudest as he makes his way outDrama at the start of Swann's latest over. England go up for a catch when Trott claims diving forward at slip. Umpire Tucker says not out, only to check with the third umpire. Gambhir clearly didn't hit it - it came off his back leg - so the correct verdict is eventually concluded. But the question is: why did the umpire go to the third umpire in the first place? To check if he hit it?WICKET!! Bell comes to the party!! Pujara has been run out. Gambhir blocked straight to midwicket and set off, Pujara had no option but to trust him, Bell swooped and threw down the stumps. The dive couldn't save him. England celebrate another huge wicket as Pujara goes for eight. Tendulkar comes out to another rousing reception. How India need a huge innings from the 'Little Master' hereNo wicket to report, just a Gambhir single. Some excitement final ball when Swann beats Pujara with one that goes on with the arm outside off stump. Crucial moments in the Test match here and you can sense the tension around Eden GardensFantastic pressure from England straight after lunch. I imagine some frank words would have been exchanged at the interval. A third maiden in a row comes down, albeit with a leg-bye added. Shane Warne says three maidens in a row brings a wicket, we shall see...Swann backs up Finn with a maiden of his own, keeping Pujara pinned on the crease. The ball is definitely spinning more, too, giving the new batsman plenty to think aboutA much better over from Finn, who gives Gambhir absolutely nothing to hit. If England can stem the flow of runs you feel the pressure will eventually tell. MaidenIt is Gambhir who has his heart in his mouth this time when a bat/pad chance flies just wide of Bell. Pujara then looks to attack Swann, skipping down and mis-hitting just short of midwicket. It seems India have a clear plan of taking on England's spinners. Swann over-pitches final ball and Pujara drives the half-volley to the cover boundary. Fascinating Test cricket at the momentGambhir brings Pujara on strike with an early single against Finn and the India No.3 gets off the mark in style with a sumptuous on-drive to the boundary. A classy reminder from Pujara that he can play. Finn comes back with two bouncers, and plenty of chirp...WICKET! What a start after lunch! Swann bowls Sehwag first ball back after the break. A beauty turning back through the gate and into off stump! England celebrate a huge strike and Sehwag trudges off for 49. Pujara is the new man and he keeps Bell interested at short leg with a couple of defensive prods which land just wide of the close catcher. Brilliant start from SwannEven the most optimistic India fan would not have predicted a session like that this morning! A fantastic fightback from the home side, who still trail by 121 first-innings runs. Stay tuned for more updates after the lunch breakGambhir joins the fun! After skipping down and launching Monty over midwicket for a huge six, he then brings an end to a fine morning session for India by planting Panesar over long-off for a one-bounce fourSehwag is on the charge! Swann is coming in for some heavy punishment from Viru here as he helps himself to back-to-back boundaries through cover and over square-leg respectively. Plenty for Swann and England to think about as Sehwag moves to 49Hard to criticise Monty but maybe he's bowling too quick? India wrapped up England's tail by tossing the ball up and giving it more chance to turn. Just a Sehwag single from the 19th overThe first real sign of any prodigious turn is evident in Swann's latest over when he gets one to turn and bounce sharply past Gambhir's outside edge. England will be hoping that's a sign of things to come as they seek a wicket before lunchA change of ends for Panesar too. Just a couple of singles from his latest over. The second of which is a little too close for an ailing Sehwag's comfort though, and he lets Gambhir know as much at the end of the over!A change of ends for Swann indeed it was/is. Sehwag is limping a little out there, it's hard to tell his exact problem. He takes any pain out on Swann, launching the off-spinner over square-leg with a powerful slog sweep for a one-bounce four. His next attempted stoke is a total slog, it misses everything, Prior included, and trickles away for four byes. Interesting tactics from Sehwag at the moment, England need to stay with him...A slightly left-field move from Cook as Patel replaces Swann. A change of ends for Swann perhaps? Samit starts with a full toss, which Sehwag lashes back down the ground for a boundary. Not a great start... Five successive singles follow rather easily for India and this opening partnership is now worth more than 50Monty continues to fire the ball through. He's operating at around 57/58mph at the moment - Qqicker than I can bowl seam-up! Gambhir continues to play the ball as late as possible, dapping through gully for two moreIndia are in danger of winning this session as things stand. Gambhir works Swann through midwicket for a couple before exchanging singles with Sehwag. I'll be keeping an eye on their running between the wickets after the first-innings calamity...Drop! Well, that's a little harsh I guess but it got your attention.. Gambhir flicked Monty straight to Bell at short-leg, but the ball bounced off the fielder's forearm before he had a chance to adjust and give himself a chance of a catch. Encouraging signs for England thoughCook brings on Swann in place of Anderson, who will be hoping his good mate can make up for his fielding faux pas moments ago. He starts with a maiden to Gambhir, catching the inside edge twice, but Bell at short-leg is not in business, as yetSehwag uses his feet to Panesar and just gets to the pitch in time to negate any turn and pick up a single down to long off. Gambhir repeats the trick later in the over. No noticeable spin as yet for Monty and India's openers have started wellSehwag continues to tick along nicely, working a straight delivery from Anderson through midwicket for two more runs. Anderson brings his length back and raps Viru on the glove later in the over. That looked painful but the burly right-handed batsman shakes it off and claims another run to-bootCook waits just seven overs before bringing Panesar into the attack. No immediate magic from the 'Sikh of Tweak', who offers up a full toss to Gambhir final ball, which is driven powerfully through extra cover for fourDrop! Frustration for Anderson and England as Sehwag is given a major let-off by Swann. A genuine edge sailed in between first and second slip, Swann moved very late and in the end only got fingers on the ball, thus preventing Cook at first slip any chance of gobbling it up himself. Sehwag heaps further misery on the bowler by flicking a leg-stump half-volley through midwicket next ball for four. Anderson looks like he's just chewed a waspShort again from Finn to Sehwag, who squirts the ball down to third man for a single. Not much happening for England's seamers at present. It could be up to the spinners to take centre stage again...England clearly have a plan to Sehwag and Anderson digs one in short to him early, but he rides the bounce well and tucks it away for a single. A loose dab outside off stump from Gambhir then has England's slip cordon excited, but the ball just misses the edge. Very good from Anderson, but no reward as yetFinn continues to operate at just back of a length to Sehwag and then beats the right-hander on the inside edge with a slightly fuller delivery. Cook has already disposed of his gully to Viru, moving him back to the third man boundary. Nasser is not impressed with that move in the comms box...A probing maiden from Anderson to the left-handed Gambhir, who looks to play the ball as late as possible. So, how long do we give it before turning to Monty?Sehwag takes just four balls to find the boundary for the first time, opening the face and stylishly guiding Finn down to the third man fence. The Middlesex seamer comes back well, though, finding some extra bounce outside off stump and almost catching the glove/throat of the right-hander. Good battle shaping upJust as he did in the previous Test in Mumbai, Gambhir flicks Anderson's first ball, an inswinger on middle stump, through square-leg for four. Good job he hit it, and Anderson lets him know so! England's swing king beats the left-hander all ends up next ball with one which holds it's line outside off stump. Gambhir finishes the over with two more through square-leg as Patel gives chase. Plenty of cracks appearing on the pitch and England's quick men will be keen to hit them with this shiny new ballRight, here we go. Sehwag and Gambhir make their way out to the middle with India in a desperate position. England will be targeting the wicket of Sehwag, who has the ability to wipe this deficit out quicker than most. I wonder how he'll approach this, I've got a fair idea...An impressive fightback from India this morning, who have taken England's remaining five first-innings wickets in just 27 balls for the cost of 14 extra runs. Ojha (4-142) was the pick of the India bowlers once again, with Ashwin coming back well to finish with 3-183. Now it's their turn to have a bat with over five and a half sessions still remaining in the matchWICKET! Ashwin strikes on his return to the attack and Anderson's brief fun is over! The ball is spinning more and more and the edge is found, with Sehwag taking his second catch of the morning at slip. Panesar, who will be licking his lips at the way this pitch is breaking up, comes out to the middle...WICKET! And is out first ball! Trapped lbw! A shocking decision from umpire Dharmasena, with Monty clearly getting some bat on that before it struck pad. Not to worry, England lead by 207 and will now have a bowlFine batting from Anderson, or the "Burnley Lara" as he likes to be known. First he plants his front foot forward and drives Zaheer imperiously through extra cover for four. Then, when Zaheer attacks the stumps, Anderson works him through midwicket for three more. Tendulkar, who would have been happy with both of those shots, gives chase. These runs will hurt India, who will be keen to get this over with sharpishA loud cheer from the England fans as an Anderson single takes the lead on to 200. Finn has plenty of company around the bat but sees out the remainder of Ojha's over with the minimum of fussWICKET! Zaheer gets in on the act! Prior edges behind for 41 and Dhoni gobbles up his 200th Test match catch! It was too close to cut and Prior's edge sailed through at a nice height for the India skipper. Some start by the home side and the match is moving forward quickly. Anderson joins Finn in the middle and gets off the mark first ball by negotiating a rising short ball. A cracking shot from Finn follows. The Middlesex man times the ball superbly off middle and leg and away through midwicket for a welcome boundary. England's lead is now 199WICKET! Well, what a start! Swann falls two balls into the day as Ojha picks up his fourth wicket of the innings. Attempting an expansive drive, Swann can only edge a spinning delivery straight to slip, where Sehwag pouches comfortably. Great start for India. Finn is in, and he blocks out the rest of the overI'm keen to hear your opinions/predictions ahead of today's play. Get in touch by tweeting me @skysportsdrabs and i'll post as many views as I can. How long should England bat for today? Is there any hope for India? Get in touch!A reminder of the state of play out in Kolkata. It's looking for rosy for England at present, who will resume shortly on 509-6 in their first-innings - a lead of 193. Prior (41*) and Swann (21*) are in the middle for the tourists, who will look to add quick runs this morningHello everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary from day four of the third Test at Eden Gardens