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Bowled over: Jimmy Anderson was thrilled to pick up three wickets yesterday

Bowled over: Jimmy Anderson was thrilled to pick up three wickets yesterday

James Anderson was pleased with his and England’s first-day performance as they took seven Indian wickets in Kolkata.

The third Test of the series started the same way as the previous two, with India winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

But Anderson led the way with three for 68, including the wicket of top-scorer Sachin Tendulkar (76), as the hosts finished the day on 273 for seven.

“It’s a pretty good wicket to bowl on,” he said.

“There’s plenty for the batsmen but if you bend your back you can get something out of it.

“After losing the toss again, you expect a good batting pitch on the first day, so we’re pleased to get seven wickets.”

Anderson picked up Tendulkar with a ball 74 overs old as reverse swing became a prominent feature of the evening session.

And the Lancashire paceman said: “We knew that would play a part out here, it usually does, and we’re pleased to get some wickets with it.

“I was really happy getting Tendulkar because it was a really crucial time for the team, he looked set.”

In dismissing Tendulkar, the Lancastrian matched former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of dismissing Test cricket’s run-scorer eight times.

“I’m delighted with it, I’m sure I’ll be reminding people of that when I’ve retired in a few years but the important thing was getting him out in that situation, he was looking threatening and we needed a wicket at that time.”

Veteran Tendulkar remains without a Test century in his last 29 innings dating back to early 2011 – but he and opener Gautam Gambhir (60) did manage to salvage some respectability for the hosts.

Spinners Monty Panesar (two for 74) and Graeme Swann (one for 46) were also among the wickets as England took the upper hand in the match.

Anderson was optimistic about his side’s prospects but also sounded a note of caution.

“It’s hard to judge a pitch on one day,” he said. “We’ll have to see how it plays in the next couple of days, but it looks good and hopefully we can make some runs on it.

“We need a good start in the morning with the ball.

“We’re lucky we’ve got a newish ball so we can hopefully make some early in-roads and then we’ve got to bat really, really well and get a huge first innings total if we can.”

 

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