England gain upper hand over India on first day

Last updated 07:44 06/12/2012

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England can justifiably claim first-day honours after taking seven Indian wickets on the opening day of the third cricket test, in Kolkata.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and had reached 273-7 when stumps were pulled at Eden Gardens.

England pace bowler James Anderson, with 3-68, and second test hero Monty Panesar, who took 2-74 from 35 overs of left-am spin, chipped away as most of the Indian batsmen got starts - only Virat Kohli, with six, didn't reach double figures - but couldn't press on to a big score.

Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 76 while opener Gautam Gambhir scored 60.

The four-test series is level at 1-1.

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