Kolkata: Just as great poets do not always write great poetry, great batsmen do not always play great knocks. Sachin Tendulkar's 318th innings spoke of struggle and overcoming pressure rather than fluency and dominance, but in the context of the day's play, his 76 was crucial. India finished on 273 for 7, perhaps a couple of wickets too many, on Wednesday's (December 5) opening day of the third Test of a series poised at 1-1. England's bowlers made the batsmen play a high percentage of the deliveries, which was the secret of their success.
Jimmy Anderson's was the performance of the day, reward for old-fashioned adherence to accuracy and consistency, and the more recent technique of reverse swing. He was hostile till the final overs, claiming R Ashwin with the second new ball.