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Third Test match preview: India Vs England
India is scheduled to play the third Test match against England tomorrow at Eden Gardens, where the victorious team would inch a step closer to a series win. Indian players need to come back strongly and primarily their batsmen, who failed in the second Test including Tendulkar, who is under massive pressure to perform.

THE INDIA – England 4-match Test series is nicely poised with both teams tied at 1-1. Eden Gardens, one of the best cricket venues in the world will stand host to the all important third Test match between the two sides starting on December 5.

The Indian team must be eager to come back strongly in the series after they suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the English cricketers during the second Test. On the contrary, the English team would be upbeat with such an easy victory over the Indians at home, where Indians are considered to be almost an impossible team to beat.

For the second Test match between the two sides, it is the pitch in the middle, which will play an important role. MS Dhoni has every now and then asked for a spin turner, as he considers it to be India's strength, but it was the same strength that hit back India, where neither the Indian bowlers nor their batsmen could make good use of their pitch, which they have been accustomed to in the past years. The English side made full use of such conditions, especially Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar who took 19 of the 20 Indian wickets. The English team would be looking for a repeat performance from their spinners to make life difficult for the Indian batsmen.

In spite of Dhoni asking for a turning pitch, Prabir Mukherjee, the Eden pitch curator called Dhoni's demand, 'immoral'. It seems that Mukherjee did not listen to the Indian captain and has laid out a pitch, which has some greenish tone as of now, which might be reduced before hours of play and even if it stays, it won't be affective.

The Indians have prepared well for this match, as they are aware of the importance attached to this encounter in the context of the series. It is primarily the batsmen, who need to come up with a better performance against the English bowlers, as one is sure that the English team is going to field both the spinners, Panesar and Swann for the match after all the trouble they gave to the Indian batsmen. The Indians are known to be great players of spin bowling and it's time to show the English bowlers – who are kings of spin?

Though batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, Pujara and Yuvraj Singh might have scored some runs in the series, but it is the Indian maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, who has not looked impressive with the bat at all. It is time for the player to deliver, especially when there are many people asking for his retirement. So, there is a lot of pressure on him to come up with a good performance and shut those critics who feel that the batsman's time has reached past his retirement. Still, Tendulkar among all the Indian batsmen is one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket, but his latest scores in the series does not show him in good light at all.

The Indians undoubtedly have one of the finest batting line ups, but they were off colour in the last Test match. Hence, they must be hungry for more runs and victory. On the other hand, Indian spinners, Ashwin and Ojha need to come up with good performances against the English batsmen and attack their batsmen with their trajectory of bowling. If India comes up good with both the bat and ball, there is no team that can stop them from winning the match.

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