Watch Video of India’s historical win – Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century
Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century and along with Yuvraj Singh took India to a historic victory in the first Test against England at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
Tendulkar (103) and Yuvraj (85) took India to victory by an unbeaten partnership of 163 runs for the fifth wicket to achieve the victory target of 387 runs.
The pivot around which the Indian batting revolved around today was Tendulkar who hit 9 fours in his match-winning knock and hit the winning shot for India with a paddle sweep to fine leg for four off Graeme Swann.
When he reached 56, Tendulkar reached 1000 Test runs in the calendar year – a feat that he has achieved for the fifth time in his glittering career.
Tendulkar’s knock is a fitting answer to all those who said that Tendulkar has not led India to a victory in a Test by his batting in the fourth innings.
Yuvraj too played brilliantly to hit his 4th Test fifty off 76 balls on his way to 85 with the help of 8 fours and a six and to his credit didn’t flinch inspite of constant banter from the English specially from Andrew Flintoff.
Tendulkar and Yuvraj upset England plans who were looking for some quick wickets after the dismissal of VVS Laxman.
Tendulkar and Yuvraj hit spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann out of the attack with some big hits and when the England fielders went back to the boundaries started accumulating singles with regular ease.
India lost Laxman soon after lunch with Graeme Swann giving England the breakthrough with a bouncy delivery that turned in from outside off as Laxman failed to keep it down and edged it to forward short leg for Ian Bell to take the catch.
Laxman hit four fours in his knock of 26 and added 41 with Tendulkar for the fourth wicket.
Tendulkar and Laxman took India to lunch at 213/ after India lost Gautam Gambhir (66) and Rahul Dravid (4).
James Anderson dismissed Gambhir by having him caught at gully by Paul Collingwood who dived to his right to take a good catch.
Gambhir hit seven fours in his knock and added 42 runs with Tendulkar for the third wicket.
Earlier, Dravid’s miserable run with the bat continued as he was dismissed in the first ten minutes of the day’s play by Andrew Flintoff who bowled a beauty of a leg-cutter and the length of the delivery forced Dravid (4) to the front foot and edge it to keeper Matt Prior for the catch.
Dravid has now been dismissed for single digit scores in his last four Test innings and ever since he quit captaincy last year, he has scored 881 runs at an average of 28.41.
The day’s play started with India resuming their second innings on 131/1 with Gambhir and Dravid. The Indian run chase has been set up fantastically by Virender Sehwag who hit a blitzkrieg knock on day four.
Sehwag sent the English on a leather hunt by blazing his way to a 68-ball 83 after smashing to a half-century off just 32 balls.
Sehwag’s fascinating innings, that was studded with four sixes and eleven fours, came to an end when he fell leg before wicket to Graeme Swann to put India at 117/1.
Sehwag tried to paddle sweep a delivery across the line but was trapped plumb in front giving England a huge sigh of relief.