India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 4th day December 8, 2012

Swann gets the ball rolling

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth day at Eden Gardens
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Breakthrough of the day
India had enjoyed an excellent first session. Having taken England's final four wickets for just 14 runs at the start of play, their opening batsmen then made deep inroads into the deficit before the lunch break. At 86 without loss in 21 overs, some were even starting to dream of a testing fourth innings target for England.

But that all changed the ball after lunch. Graeme Swann, drawing Virender Sehwag forward, deceived him with flight and spin, and turned one through the gate to hit the top of off stump. It was a fine delivery but a flimsy stroke and precipitated a sharp decline, with India subsequently losing their much-vaunted top-order in a spell of 6 for 36 runs.

Controversy of the day
There was some confusion when Gautam Gambhir, on 36, was given not out after England appealed for a catch at slip off the bowling of Swann. The third umpire was called upon to see whether Jonathan Trott, at slip, had caught the ball cleanly. In the process, though, Vineet Kulkarni, the third umpire officiating in his first Test, also reported back to the on-field umpires that Gambhir had not edged the ball and that it had deflected off his thigh. It was the correct decision and the correct process.

While the playing conditions for a match where DRS is not in use state that the third umpire can only be called upon to confirm whether a ball has been caught cleanly, they also state that, once he has been called into action, he should indicate if it is clear to him that the batsman did not hit the ball.

Run-out of the day
For the second time in the match, Gambhir played a significant role in the run-out of one of his colleagues. Having failed to respond to Sehwag's reasonable call for a third run in the first innings, here the unfortunate victim was Cheteshwar Pujara. Gambhir dabbed the ball into the leg side and called Pujara for an optimistic single only to see Ian Bell swoop and beat Pujara's dive with a direct hit. It was, by any standards, a poor call and did little to disprove the theory that Gambhir is a much keener runner when his own runs are at stake.

Drop of the day
Sehwag had scored just 7 when he prodded at one on off stump from James Anderson and edged the ball to the slip cordon. Swann, moving to his left at second slip, made a half-hearted attempt to catch it and may also have obscured the sight of Alastair Cook, at first slip. Either way, the ball ran between them for four runs. Ian Bell also put down a sharp chance at short square leg when Virat Kohli chipped aerially.

Miss of the day
R Ashwin had scored only 22 and the score was 161 for 8 when he skipped down the wicket to a delivery from Monty Panesar, missed it and should have been stumped. But, perhaps due to the ball flicking Ashwin's pads on the way through, Matt Prior fumbled the chance and allowed the batsman to recover his ground. Had the stumping been completed, it is almost certain that India would have succumbed to an innings defeat within four days.

Moment of the day
The wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, edging a fairly innocuous delivery outside off stump, was telling. It was not the first time that Tendulkar has failed to pick the flight of a Swann delivery in this series and another sure sign that, aged 39, the eyes and the reflexes are not what they once were. It was also the wicket that took Swann clear as the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2012.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jaggadaaku on December 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @ Sharjeel Khan Mansoori , Captain cool now became captain Cold who never excite, mad or angry. He has zero skills playing shots.

  • challagalla on December 9, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Some day historians will call this test " The Tale of Two Run Outs " . How the innings changed with those run outs? England truly created their own luck.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 8, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    There is saying in India that "Chullu bhar paani me doob maro". This is the situation of Indian so called great batsmen such as Tendulkar, Gmabhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvi, and Dhoni. Batting order No. 7, the bowler-R. Ashwin always plays better and survives more deliveries in each innings than most of these greats. R. Ashwin can make runs even playing with tailenders. This is not the first time he has done this, but this is quiet second time he has done this in only 11 test, but this so called Indian greats never ever played this kind when they have played with tailenders in their entire careers. Most of them stays cool and not-out even the wickets falls at the other end. Ravindra Jadeja is in his extreme form blasting 2 triple centuries in current domestic season playing at No.4 in his side. Why selectors giving chances again and again to Kohli, Yuvi, and Raina who are T20 and ODIs greats only.

  • cover_drive12345 on December 8, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Graeme is spelt wrong in the caption (:

  • ROXSPORT on December 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Tendulkar is just waiting for his 200th Test. He will play on till then & retire only afterwards. And, does anyone rule out a 100th for Bhajji ??? Dhoni's chum, ain't he ??? With some vision, Rahane would have been opening with Gauti, Pujara, Kohli, Sehwag & Tiwary (or even Raina, at least for this series) would bring up the middle order & the rest to follow. Though, on current form, neither Zaheer nor Dhoni deserve a place in the team. Perhaps, only to hide his own non-performance, is Dhoni so vehemently opposing change. YOUTH IS THE WAY TO GO. PERSONIFIED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF PUJARA, ASHWIN & OJHA IN THIS SERIES. Those who have failed, haven't done much worse than the super experienced, demi-god seniors.

  • RK.Chandru on December 8, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    The real quality lies in making use of the reprieve one gets. Ishant too got one; but, was dismissed in the very next ball. Well educated Ashwin at least has a thinking brain under his hat. Give him the cushion of sufficient runs, an attacking field and a captain who trusts him. He'll sure do well as a bowler too. After all, he's the one who has proved there are no demons in the pitch and it's a beautiful batting strip full of runs and had the established batsmen applied themselves, we too could have scored in excess of 500 runs. When Kohlis, Rainas, Rohits, Zaheers, Sachins are spared from wrath failures after failures, series after series, why find a scapegoat in poor Ashwin and write filthy, junk like, "He's in the team as a bowler and not as a batsman" etc., How about Zaheer and Ishant then? Why the hell are they in the team? When Finn and Anderson can take wickets here, why not they? Uncomfortable questions??? Stop finding easy scapegoats and blame everyone impartially.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Gambhir ran out both Sehwag and Pujara. He needs to practice his running between the wickets while Tendukar, Yuvraj, Ashwin, I. Sharma and Dhoni should be replaced by I. Pathan, Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Naman Ohja and Sanjeev Sharma. Enough idolizing the oldies who are no longer goodies. Tendulkar should be more classy (like Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Strauss, etc.) and retire now before he makes even more people dislike him for hanging around and not giving younger cricketers a chance they deserve much more than him. Guarantee you that if SRT goes to South Africa, he will not amass 100 runs in all the Test matches combined. He was great once but is very ordinary at the moment. Let's give him a flying send-off which even he will appreciate and make him believe that he is retiring on his own accord instead of being let go from the Indian team he has served so well.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    two crucial run outs of viru and pujara by gambhir had the impact on the test... both capable of playing of long innings...

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    duncan fletcher has been a bad omen for any team for that matter... he is not fletcher but stretcher for the indian team...

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @StraightHit. i dont think england unraveled pujara yet. pujara was unlucky to get out of a runout today. Pujara looks much better than kohli. im sure pujara will come back strongly in the 4th test match.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @ Sharjeel Khan Mansoori , Captain cool now became captain Cold who never excite, mad or angry. He has zero skills playing shots.

  • challagalla on December 9, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Some day historians will call this test " The Tale of Two Run Outs " . How the innings changed with those run outs? England truly created their own luck.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 8, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    There is saying in India that "Chullu bhar paani me doob maro". This is the situation of Indian so called great batsmen such as Tendulkar, Gmabhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvi, and Dhoni. Batting order No. 7, the bowler-R. Ashwin always plays better and survives more deliveries in each innings than most of these greats. R. Ashwin can make runs even playing with tailenders. This is not the first time he has done this, but this is quiet second time he has done this in only 11 test, but this so called Indian greats never ever played this kind when they have played with tailenders in their entire careers. Most of them stays cool and not-out even the wickets falls at the other end. Ravindra Jadeja is in his extreme form blasting 2 triple centuries in current domestic season playing at No.4 in his side. Why selectors giving chances again and again to Kohli, Yuvi, and Raina who are T20 and ODIs greats only.

  • cover_drive12345 on December 8, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Graeme is spelt wrong in the caption (:

  • ROXSPORT on December 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Tendulkar is just waiting for his 200th Test. He will play on till then & retire only afterwards. And, does anyone rule out a 100th for Bhajji ??? Dhoni's chum, ain't he ??? With some vision, Rahane would have been opening with Gauti, Pujara, Kohli, Sehwag & Tiwary (or even Raina, at least for this series) would bring up the middle order & the rest to follow. Though, on current form, neither Zaheer nor Dhoni deserve a place in the team. Perhaps, only to hide his own non-performance, is Dhoni so vehemently opposing change. YOUTH IS THE WAY TO GO. PERSONIFIED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF PUJARA, ASHWIN & OJHA IN THIS SERIES. Those who have failed, haven't done much worse than the super experienced, demi-god seniors.

  • RK.Chandru on December 8, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    The real quality lies in making use of the reprieve one gets. Ishant too got one; but, was dismissed in the very next ball. Well educated Ashwin at least has a thinking brain under his hat. Give him the cushion of sufficient runs, an attacking field and a captain who trusts him. He'll sure do well as a bowler too. After all, he's the one who has proved there are no demons in the pitch and it's a beautiful batting strip full of runs and had the established batsmen applied themselves, we too could have scored in excess of 500 runs. When Kohlis, Rainas, Rohits, Zaheers, Sachins are spared from wrath failures after failures, series after series, why find a scapegoat in poor Ashwin and write filthy, junk like, "He's in the team as a bowler and not as a batsman" etc., How about Zaheer and Ishant then? Why the hell are they in the team? When Finn and Anderson can take wickets here, why not they? Uncomfortable questions??? Stop finding easy scapegoats and blame everyone impartially.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Gambhir ran out both Sehwag and Pujara. He needs to practice his running between the wickets while Tendukar, Yuvraj, Ashwin, I. Sharma and Dhoni should be replaced by I. Pathan, Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Naman Ohja and Sanjeev Sharma. Enough idolizing the oldies who are no longer goodies. Tendulkar should be more classy (like Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Strauss, etc.) and retire now before he makes even more people dislike him for hanging around and not giving younger cricketers a chance they deserve much more than him. Guarantee you that if SRT goes to South Africa, he will not amass 100 runs in all the Test matches combined. He was great once but is very ordinary at the moment. Let's give him a flying send-off which even he will appreciate and make him believe that he is retiring on his own accord instead of being let go from the Indian team he has served so well.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    two crucial run outs of viru and pujara by gambhir had the impact on the test... both capable of playing of long innings...

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    duncan fletcher has been a bad omen for any team for that matter... he is not fletcher but stretcher for the indian team...

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @StraightHit. i dont think england unraveled pujara yet. pujara was unlucky to get out of a runout today. Pujara looks much better than kohli. im sure pujara will come back strongly in the 4th test match.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 8, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Humiliating Performance of the Day: The WHOLE Indian Team !!! :P

  • Nampally on December 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Miss of the Day? Come on George, be Real!. The Sehwag's edge did not carry to any fielder or touch Swann's hand. It is not a chance. It fell between Cook & Swann & went for 4. Carryingit a chance is stretching it too far.Run out of the day is a good one. Gambhir is assisting England when they do not need one. He ran out Sehwag by refusing an easy third run. Now he runs out another guy on whom India relied on to carry them thru' to at least a draw! Why was a risky single even attempted when an easy third run was refused by him shows a mystical thought process of Gambhir. Tendulkar raised the wrath of the Indian fans once more by his inability to deliver. At his best SRT was the man to go to pull the side out of troubled waters. Time & Tide waits for none! SRT, please take a page out of Ponting's book & do the right thing. Tiwary would have produced twice as many runs in 6 innings as Sachin did in this series.

  • on December 8, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    All credit goes to english cricketers . They have adapted well to alienated conditions and are on the way to create history by defeating Home Record Giants . As a pakistani we always admire and envy our neighbours batting department but in this latest year and half period they have shown below par performances .I think for their future they should take drastic steps to remove old horses as well as captain cool .

  • landl47 on December 8, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Monty Panesar must be wondering what he had done to offend Matt Prior, who also missed Ishant off Monty's bowling. Let's hope England can wrap this up quickly tomorrow. All is forgiven when the team wins.

  • Humdingers on December 8, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    As an Indian fan (questionable after this loathsome effort) this is painful to watch. But hopefully with a series loss (yes England will win the nest test) change will be forced. I can't see a test team prospering with Gambir, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Dhoni in the squad. The all rounder needs to be in there to bolster the bowling. Play Ashwin as an all rounder. Or Pathan depending on the pitch. SRT is another post all together!

  • RK.Chandru on December 8, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Yuvaraj has time and again proved he's not test class and despite that, the likes of lesser talents like him and Raina or preferred ahead of more compact, sound and competent Badris and Tiwaris. Why the selectors aren't able to think beyond the failing at every instance Rohits, Rainas and Yuvis? Give Badri another longer run and we have nothing to lose. He can't do any worse than a Kohli or Yuvi. Finding scapegoat in Ashwin and protecting Zaheers and Ishants and the "ugly ducklings" batsmen from the wrath isn't going to do anything good. Give the bowlers enough support by setting attacking fields and giving them enough cushion by means of runs in the kitty. If they fail blame them and not just one; the entire bowling unit should take the blame. Match winner (like a Kumble or a Murali) is someone who covers up for the bad day of the other and makes up for it by stepping up his own bowling and not someone who finds solace in a 2 for 3 for 100 odd runs and goes through the motion.

  • CricketChat on December 8, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Would have been better if Ashwin took 5 wkts at a decent economy rate rather than score few meaningless runs. He utterly failed in his primary role (along with his other hyped up bowlers) and doesn't deserve a place in the team. I also think Pujara is being unraveled by Eng bowlers having played him a bit more now. Ind team is doomed in Tests for the near foreseeable future as the team needs an all round overhaul starting with their captain.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 8, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Monty Panesar was given out LBW despite a thick edge! If that hadn't happened, Panesar would've racked up a 50 of his own, and India would still be trailing badly.

  • srikanths on December 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    These days , it is no big deal top get Tendulkar's wicket. Even Boycott's mom would get his wicket.

    He should declare the innings closed. For his admirers of his batting , like me, it is painful watching the struggle. People who got him out till early 2011,can claim with some pride , not the ones who got him out after the SA series in 2011. Last 1.5 years have been just on empty tank. The great man is clearly way past his best and is almost a walking wicket to put it mildly.The decline in the last 1 year has been precipitous. This of course does not mean that India has great reserves it could fall back on. Newcomers have been failing. Raina and now Kohli but it is better to fail with youngsters and build a team for the future. Tendulkar should stay on as an advisor till the team settles down. It is clear that the Captain cool was running on luck.Dhoni and Fletcher can be suprerannuated

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  • srikanths on December 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    These days , it is no big deal top get Tendulkar's wicket. Even Boycott's mom would get his wicket.

    He should declare the innings closed. For his admirers of his batting , like me, it is painful watching the struggle. People who got him out till early 2011,can claim with some pride , not the ones who got him out after the SA series in 2011. Last 1.5 years have been just on empty tank. The great man is clearly way past his best and is almost a walking wicket to put it mildly.The decline in the last 1 year has been precipitous. This of course does not mean that India has great reserves it could fall back on. Newcomers have been failing. Raina and now Kohli but it is better to fail with youngsters and build a team for the future. Tendulkar should stay on as an advisor till the team settles down. It is clear that the Captain cool was running on luck.Dhoni and Fletcher can be suprerannuated

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 8, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Monty Panesar was given out LBW despite a thick edge! If that hadn't happened, Panesar would've racked up a 50 of his own, and India would still be trailing badly.

  • CricketChat on December 8, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Would have been better if Ashwin took 5 wkts at a decent economy rate rather than score few meaningless runs. He utterly failed in his primary role (along with his other hyped up bowlers) and doesn't deserve a place in the team. I also think Pujara is being unraveled by Eng bowlers having played him a bit more now. Ind team is doomed in Tests for the near foreseeable future as the team needs an all round overhaul starting with their captain.

  • RK.Chandru on December 8, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Yuvaraj has time and again proved he's not test class and despite that, the likes of lesser talents like him and Raina or preferred ahead of more compact, sound and competent Badris and Tiwaris. Why the selectors aren't able to think beyond the failing at every instance Rohits, Rainas and Yuvis? Give Badri another longer run and we have nothing to lose. He can't do any worse than a Kohli or Yuvi. Finding scapegoat in Ashwin and protecting Zaheers and Ishants and the "ugly ducklings" batsmen from the wrath isn't going to do anything good. Give the bowlers enough support by setting attacking fields and giving them enough cushion by means of runs in the kitty. If they fail blame them and not just one; the entire bowling unit should take the blame. Match winner (like a Kumble or a Murali) is someone who covers up for the bad day of the other and makes up for it by stepping up his own bowling and not someone who finds solace in a 2 for 3 for 100 odd runs and goes through the motion.

  • Humdingers on December 8, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    As an Indian fan (questionable after this loathsome effort) this is painful to watch. But hopefully with a series loss (yes England will win the nest test) change will be forced. I can't see a test team prospering with Gambir, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Dhoni in the squad. The all rounder needs to be in there to bolster the bowling. Play Ashwin as an all rounder. Or Pathan depending on the pitch. SRT is another post all together!

  • landl47 on December 8, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Monty Panesar must be wondering what he had done to offend Matt Prior, who also missed Ishant off Monty's bowling. Let's hope England can wrap this up quickly tomorrow. All is forgiven when the team wins.

  • on December 8, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    All credit goes to english cricketers . They have adapted well to alienated conditions and are on the way to create history by defeating Home Record Giants . As a pakistani we always admire and envy our neighbours batting department but in this latest year and half period they have shown below par performances .I think for their future they should take drastic steps to remove old horses as well as captain cool .

  • Nampally on December 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Miss of the Day? Come on George, be Real!. The Sehwag's edge did not carry to any fielder or touch Swann's hand. It is not a chance. It fell between Cook & Swann & went for 4. Carryingit a chance is stretching it too far.Run out of the day is a good one. Gambhir is assisting England when they do not need one. He ran out Sehwag by refusing an easy third run. Now he runs out another guy on whom India relied on to carry them thru' to at least a draw! Why was a risky single even attempted when an easy third run was refused by him shows a mystical thought process of Gambhir. Tendulkar raised the wrath of the Indian fans once more by his inability to deliver. At his best SRT was the man to go to pull the side out of troubled waters. Time & Tide waits for none! SRT, please take a page out of Ponting's book & do the right thing. Tiwary would have produced twice as many runs in 6 innings as Sachin did in this series.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 8, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Humiliating Performance of the Day: The WHOLE Indian Team !!! :P

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @StraightHit. i dont think england unraveled pujara yet. pujara was unlucky to get out of a runout today. Pujara looks much better than kohli. im sure pujara will come back strongly in the 4th test match.