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Tendulkar returns to form; India in trouble at 273/7

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England's Kevin Pietersen playes a shot to the boundary watched by M.S.Dhoni on the 2nd day of the 2nd Test Match between India and England at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. File Photo.
S.Subramanium England's Kevin Pietersen playes a shot to the boundary watched by M.S.Dhoni on the 2nd day of the 2nd Test Match between India and England at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. File Photo.

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 here on Wednesday.

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.

Electing to bat on flat wicket that had little to offer, India had a promising start from Gautam Gambhir (60) and Virender Sehwag (23).

But Gambhir could not convert his fine start for yet another time, while Virat Kohli’s poor form in the series continued as he could manage only six runs.

Anderson (3/68) rocked the home team at the fag end of the day with the second new ball. He bowled a perfect off-cutter that breached Ravichandran Ashwin’s defence.

At stumps, skipper Dhoni was unbeaten on 22 (from 59 balls) along with Zaheer Khan who was yet to open his account. This is the first time that floodlights were used in a Test match at the Eden with the last 40 minutes being played under artificial lights.

(This article was published on December 5, 2012)
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Comments:

a bit Scratchy but significant innings from SRT considering the 'troubled' situation he is going thru. English bowling was too good. having said that it would not have mattered to the legend had he been in his prime. hope he has something in store for his last performance....possible

from:  Vinod Pathiyal
Posted on: Dec 6, 2012 at 12:42 IST

Sachin hit 76 only to flop in the second innings. Because he hit a 1/2 century, he can be assured of a "seat" for the next one year or two. Shame on the selectors. Performance means CONSISTENCY and turning the game and not one-off innings for their own record.

from:  Pasha
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 22:26 IST
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