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James Anderson delighted after picking up wickets, including Sachin Tendulkar for the eighth time

England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of India's Sachin Tendulkar LBW. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of India's Sachin Tendulkar LBW. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12:03 PM

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

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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 told Sky Sports News. “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.”

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.”

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