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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:26:03 AM (IST)  

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Live Cricket Score : India Vs England 2012 - 3rd Test, Day 1

Daijiworld Media Network

Kolkata, Dec 5 : The third cricket test match between India and England has started in Kolkata on Wednsday, December 5.

India once again won the toss and elected to bat.

Match Officials

Umpires: Rod Tucker(Aus), Kumar Dharmasena(SL)Third Umpire: Vineet Kulkarni(Ind)Match Referee: Jeff Crowe(NZ)

India Squad 

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

England Squad 

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

Match preview :

The stage is set for the ultimate showdown. A thumping win for the Indians at Motera followed by the KP (Kevin Pietersen) and MP (Monty Panesar) show at the Wankhede - England fighting back with grandeur and giving the hosts a taste of their own medicine. The drama now moves to the grandest stage of them all - the Indian Colosseum - to the breathtaking and imposing Eden Gardens in the historic city of Kolkata.

India

Cheteshwar Pujara has been the knight in shining armour for India. With two tons in the first two Tests, he has taken over as the New Wall after the retirement of Rahul Dravid. He will be the pivot around which the other more attacking batsmen will structure their innings.

Dhoni is hoping that the openers - Sehwag and Gambhir would come good together. Viru had hit a ton at Motera while Gambhir made a fighting fifty in the second innings in a lost cause at the Wankhede. With Murali Vijay knocking on the doors, there is enough pressure and motivation for the Delhi duo to come good.

Virat Kohli's form has been a cause of worry for the Indian camp but many feel he is just a knock away from his best. The scrutiny would be on Sachin Tendulkar and he would know that he needs to make a difference, especially in the context and aftermath of Ponting's retirement. Yuvraj Singh would get another chance to prove that he is not a misfit in this format. With Ajinkya Rahane in the squad, the southpaw is running out of time.

The bowling let India down in the 2nd Test and it would be interesting to see how the likes of Ashwin and Ojha bounce back after the mauling they received at the hands of Pietersen and Cook. Ashwin, in particular has been very disappointing and needs to deliver in spinner-friendly conditions in Kolkata. Ishant Sharma will, in all certainty replace the out of sorts Harbhajan Singh.

England

England showed great character and spirit in the way they fought back to level the series. In Alistair Cook, they have a captain who leads by example and performance. He is currently in the form of his life, having scored 4 tons in 4 Tests as captain.

The middle order looks solid with Trott at No.3 and the flamboyant Pietersen, who played the innings of his life, at No.4. Ian Bell would come in for Jonny Bairstow. Samit Patel and Matt Prior would add depth to their lower-order.

Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, who took 19 of the 20 Indian wickets at Mumbai, would be relishing to bowl at the Eden Gardens. England would unleash another trump card - Steven Finn who would bring with him extra pace and bounce that would trouble the Indian batsmen. James Anderson would be the other seamer while Stuart Broad, who has been in rather indifferent form on the tour, is likely to sit out.

Conclusion

It was supposed to be a contest between the English batsmen and the Indian spinners. But the tides have turned and the script has been reversed. The more riveting encounter and the one that could ultimately decide the outcome of the match, would be between the Indian batting line-up and Panesar and Swann.

India would have to guard against Steven Finn and would hope their very own, Ishant Sharma makes the English dance on their toes. Will the Indians bounce back after being tamed at the Wankhed? Will they rise to the occasion or will they again succumb to the spin and pressure of expectation? Will the Indian spinners outshine their English counterparts?

Was the Wankhede an aberration? Do the English have it in them to repeat their heroics or will they be overwhelmed by the giant stands, the massive crowds and the overwhelming atmosphere of the Eden Gardens? Enough has been said and made about the pitch and the curator. Let the real drama unfold!


Comments on this article
GAJJAR, GANDHINAGAR
Friday, December 07, 2012

VERI GOOD

surinder garg, kalanwali
Thursday, December 06, 2012

india win the 3rd test match.and
sachin winner this match.

Faraz ahmad, U.P
Thursday, December 06, 2012

But you know that indians teams batting line up not so good because we can not say nothing that whose teams won the match.that s,ok

Raghul dhakshin-Rishikesh, Madurai - Tamilnadu
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

India failed to consolidate in a good pitch at Eden and likely to face uphill task on probably 4th or final day of the match.

ankit, bhiwani
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

india win the 3rd test match

Dayanand, Jharkhand Hazaribag
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I expect that ,Sachin makes a 100 for those person who are questioning him about performance.

debuchakraborty, ashoke nagar,24pgs(N)
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

we hope win the match sachin got a meximum run & M.S.dhoni win the serise.Dinda Get chance&sucsess his Bolowing performens.Thanks Lot.

sweet man, mangovillage
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

master blaster back in

NVVSN MURTHY, NARSIPATNAM
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

hi india team is playing very well. tendulkar is very intelligent and good player. everyone can face problems sometime that time if we give support them they will give good performance. so please support to sachin.

jayesh , thane
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Cheteshwar Pujara has been the knight in shining armour for India. With two tons in the first two Tests, he has taken over as the New Wall after the retirement of Rahul Dravid. He will be the pivot around which the other more attacking batsmen will structure their innings

ankur, allahabad
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

chak de india

Sudarshan, Mumbai
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

some players need to be change...including dhoni..whose not performing from so many matches.

raja, bhopal
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

i am very happy to see that sachin made halfcentury

Akash varma, Singrauli
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I think that india can be win the match today. Sachin is good player. He will make a century today.

Dayanand, Hazaribag
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Surely India win the match

Richie, Vijayawada
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Monty Panesar will take 10 wickets in both the innings....

Vipin Jain, Delhi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The facts is that India realy not played well in the last two test if except two innings-one of sehwag and other one is of pujara in the first test. In other way except first inning of the first test England has realy show their preparation to fight with Leon of Home ground. Any way we hope India will bounce back in kolkata, other wise we want good cricket not an one sided match like both previous test

ambuj sony, kolkata
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

nice to see mens in blue at eden......
lovely......

kola shiva, rc puram
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

ms dhoni was good thinking about the toss and keep going. and wish u all the best for the match.

aman raj, bihar
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

it is enjoyable game and i like it

dinesh, jharkhand
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

India win the third test macth surely.

ramesh pinni, hyderabad, india
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

hi india team is playing very well. some people says tendulkar playing not good. but he is very intelligent and good player. everyone can face problems sometime that time if we give support them they will give good performance. so please support to sachin.

debasish, barrackpore
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

chak de

manish sony, sagarpur, new delhi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

it's nice game

ROHIT SINGH CHUNDAWAT , VILL THADA TEHSIL SALUMBER DISTT. UDAIPUR RAJ. PIN CODE 313027
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

NICE ` VERY NICE `

anjali, punjab
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Vry gud match

 
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