England edge opening day in Kolkata

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Updated: December 5, 2012

Alastair Cook will be the happier of the 2 captains at stumps on day 1 of third Test between India and England.

Steven Finn was called up having recovered from a thigh strain, at the expense of out of form Stuart Broad, who was dropped for the first time since 2008. Also back in was batsman Ian Bell who returned from the birth of his child and replaced Jonny Bairstow.

On a flat track India won the toss and chose to take strike first, a decision both captains would have made, however at the close India were 273-7, the bowling team without doubt the winner on day 1. Sachin Tendulkar top scored with 76 while Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-68.

India 273 for 7 (Tendulkar 76, Gambhir 60) v England