India vs England
After all the drama of the last five days the two teams will do it all again in Mohali, starting on Friday. Please join us again for over-by-over commentary.
Tendulkar is the hero but that was a team effort by India, starting with that whirlwind innings from Sehwag on the fourth evening. Yuvraj too deserves plenty of credit for his part in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership.
Over 71: Swann 1-0-4-
387-4 - The wait is over! Tendulkar sends a sweep past short fine leg and the celebrations can begin. Sachin's reached his 41st Test ton and hit the winning runs in the process. The hosts are home by six wickets in what has been one of the best Test matches seen in a while.
Over 70: Panesar 1-0-0-1-0-0
382-4 - The script is nearly ruined when Tendulkar's attempts to lap Panesar fine end up in him gloving the ball backwards towards his stumps but the ball somehow misses them completely. And so the wait goes on...
Over 69: Swann 1-2-0-0-0-0
380-4 - Yuvraj blocks out the final four balls of the over to cheers from the crowd. Tendulkar is on strike for the start of the next and the fans inside the Chepauk Stadium, of which there must be 40,000 now, are waiting for the magical moment of seeing their hero reach his 41st Test century.
Over 68: Panesar 0-4-4-0-0-1
377-4 - Tendulkar moves to 97 thanks to back-to-back boundaries, the second coming with a classical cover drive. Panesar has beaten him to a century, his figures now standing at 0-103. India need another 10 and now all eyes are on whether the little man can get to three figures before the finish.
Over 67: Swann 0-0-1-1-0-0
368-4 - A chance for a late wicket goes begging as Prior can't hang on to the ball down the leg side as Yuvraj goes running down the wicket thinking the 'keeper had missed it. Except for that missed stumping, the Sussex gloveman has done pretty well behnd the stumps. The hosts need another 19.
Over 66: Panesar 0-1-0-3-1-0
366-4 - Both Tendulkar and Yuvraj seem to be struggling a little with injuries, each stretching out their backs. Not much more work to do for them now, India need just 21 to pull off the fourth biggest run chase in Test history. The previous highest in Chennai was 155-8.
Over 65: Swann 0-0-4lb-0-0-0
361-4 - Swann gets one to turn and bounce through Tendulkar and Prior, the ball running away for four extras.
Over 64: Flintoff 4-0-0-0-0-0
357-4 - Flintoff sees Yuvraj get four with a thick edge over gully and then comes back with a beauty that only just misses the off stump. KP claps his bowler at the end of the over, perhaps signalling that his work is done in Chennai. As David says, when push comes to shove it has shown up that Freddie is the only bowler England can really rely on.
Over 63: Swann 4-0-0-0-1-0
353-4 - Yuvraj greets Swann by waltzing down the pitch and thumping a full toss over mid-wicket for four. The next ball he tries to do the same, showing his intent to finish this in a hurry. Tendulkar comes down and has a word with his partner, perhaps letting him know the job's not done until the runs are knocked off.
Over 62: Flintoff 0-1-0-1-1-0
348-4 - The biggest question now appears to be over the man-of-the-match award. Tendulkar's batted like only Tendulkar can, while Sehwag's onslaught last night has been the key to this run chase. However, it's hard to ignore what Andrew Strauss achieved in hitting centuries in both innings.
Over 61: Panesar 0-0-0-0-0-0
345-4 - No your eyes do not deceive you, that is an England bowler sending down a maiden. It's just the seventh we've seen in the 89 overs of India's innings.
Over 60: Flintoff 0-0-1-1-0-0
345-4 - Flintoff is summoned back for his umpteenth spell in this Test - it's no wonder the man picks up injuries when he's carrying an entire bowling attack. Fred feels James Anderson is lucky to be in the team - 60 wickets in his last 14 matches, including career-best figures of 7-43, suggest it's more than just luck.
Over 58: Harmison 0-0-2-0-1-1
343-4 - The target is now 44 following yet more easy runs. Alan thinks people are being too critical considering India came into this series having beaten Australia.
Over 57: Anderson 1-0-4-0-4-0
339-4 - Yuvraj seems to be in a hurry now, hitting a back-of-a-length delivery back past the bowler for four and then following that up by chipping down the track and hitting Anderson over mid-on for another boundary. India's target is now down to just 48 as the fat lady begins to warm her vocal chords.
Over 56: Harmison 1-1-1-1-2-0
330-4 - David and Michael both believe that if England lose this match that Peter Moores must come under pressure. I'm not sure quite what he can do right now as despite taking the new ball KP has not changed his field, allowing India to tick over with singles. I can only think he likes torture, because right now England are suffering a slow and painful death.
Over 55: Anderson 0-0-1-1-2-0
324-4 - Umpire Bowden holds aloft a shiny new cherry. This is the first time in the game that either side has taken the second new ball. This partnership for the fifth wicket is now worth 100.
Over 54: Swann 0-1-0-2-1-0
320-4 - Yuvraj's eyes light up at a ball tossed up but he only ends up mis-timing it to mid-wicket, though he still gets a single. Lewis feels England are still right in the game if they can get rid of Tendulkar. Easier said than done. He also suggests KP and his bowlers slow down the over-rate - if it gets much slower we'd barely have any cricket at all.
Over 53: Yuvraj 1-1-0-0-0-1
316-4 - Yuvraj doesn't have to wait too long to reach his half-century, hitting the first ball of Anderson's over away to deep point for the one run he required. It's been a knock of character as much as class, one that perhaps will be a turning point for him in his Test career.
- 11th - 29th Dec 2008
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- B F Bowden and D J Harper
india BATTING CARD
|Gambhir||c Collingwood b Anderson||66|
|Sehwag||lbw b Swann||83|
|Dravid||c Prior b Flintoff||4|
|Laxman||c Bell b Swann||26|
|Extras||4nb, 4b, 12lb||20|
|Total||98.3 Overs||387 - 4|