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Finn: England patience paid off

Steven Finn thinks England earned reward for their patience after a stunning afternoon session saw them close in on victory in the third Test.

India collapsed after lunch on the fourth day, losing six for 36, to at one stage leave them staring at the prospect of an innings defeat.

The hosts had been 86 for none at lunch but they folded after Graeme Swann bowled Virender Sehwag with the first ball after the break.

A determined unbeaten 83 from Ravichandran Ashwin slowed England's progress, however, the tourists will begin the final day tomorrow expectant of leaving Eden Gardens 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series.

India will resume 32 runs ahead, with just Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha left to defy England's bowlers, who were led by Finn's three for 37 today.

"It was hard for us to get that first wicket but we stuck to our guns and we stuck to the plans we have worked towards in the series and that paid off," he said in an interview shown on Sky Sports 1.

"At lunch we said that we needed to up it a bit. We needed to focus on how we wanted to get the batsmen out.

"We got lucky with the run out and we had a very good ball first up after lunch.

"I thought we worked hard."

Finn grabbed the key wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli before noticeable reverse swing trapped Zaheer Khan in front.

Asked about the late swing he found, Finn said: "That is something I like doing.

"When you come out here it is something that you have to be able to do.

"It's a good weapon for us to have. It has done it more here than at the other grounds because the wicket is more abrasive."

Despite India's predicament Sehwag retained hope they could yet claim an unlikely draw.

"We lost six wickets in a session which is disappointing,'' he said.

"But we are still fighting. Something could happen tomorrow and we could draw the Test match.''

The right-hander did admit, however, that his fellow batsmen had lacked the application required today, but denied they had been left red-faced by Ashwin's innings late in the day.

"It's not embarrassment. He's part of the team and he's a good player,'' he said.

"He has a different style that can work. My style is different.

"If you apply yourself on this wicket I don't think it is too difficult to

score runs.''