Post lunch, humble pie


England hit back

But Sehwag time was over. The normal rules of Test cricket were back in effect. The fielders could come off the ropes. Even the ones in the single-saving positions moved closer.

In the eighth over after lunch, Gambhir bunted one into the leg side. Ian Bell charged in from midwicket, swooped on the ball and hit the stumps at the striker's end. Cheteshwar Pujara dived into the crease, a little too late. Both batsmen had hesitated at the start. Gambhir, for the second time in the match, had been involved in a run out. He might have been culpable in both cases. Pujara till then had looked good, driving Steven Finn straight down the ground and Swann through cover, wristily, against the turn.

The crowd roared in delight when the third umpire gave Pujara out. The fate of all batsmen on Indian grounds when they walk back to the dressing room with India two down. But to the crowd's dismay, Sachin Tendulkar, in probably his last innings at the Eden Gardens, would only last six balls. Swann, two balls after being paddled from outside off for four, sent down a clever top-spinner bowled with a scrambled seam. Playing for turn, Tendulkar edged to slip.

In the over before, Finn had dismissed Gambhir, who was caught behind flashing a big, diagonal-bat drive at one that wasn't full enough for the shot. The ball may have straightened a hint off one of the cracks on the surface.

Low blow

When James Anderson returned to the attack, he showed that there was definite potential for movement off the seam. From around the wicket, he angled one into Yuvraj Singh. The ball came in even further after pitching, stayed a little low, and bowled the left-hander before he could bring his bat down. Five down for 122.

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