Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar hit 103 not out to help India win the first Test Match played in Chennai today. India beat England by six wickets to take the lead in the two-match series. This is Tendulkar’s 41st Test century and he crossed the 1000-runs mark for the fifth time in a calendar year.
Yuvraj Singh played a splendid knock of 85 runs to assist Tendulkar in the quest.
It was the highest successful fourth-innings run chase witnessed anywhere in Asia and also owed much to Yuvraj, who many doubted could replicate his one-day form in the Test arena. Questions will be asked of captain Kevin Pietersen, who decided against bowling Steve Harmison in the morning session and James Anderson in the afternoon session.
Earlier, England looked in complete control of the match after they led India by 75 runs after the first innings. India were given a target of 387 in the final innings, which they chased down in just 98 overs after starting solid on the back of a beautiful 83 off 67 balls by Virender Sehwag. He was awarded the Man of the Match.
With the result now inevitable, it was fitting that Tendulkar should hit the winning runs and reach three figures with a paddle around the corner for four.
The Test match was earlier shifted to Chennai from Mumbai because of the recent terror attacks in the city. England had gone back home after the One-Day series but came back in the spirit of defying fear of terrorists and also decided to donate their first match fees to the Mumbai Help Fund.
More photos and a video of India-England Chennai Test are below.
India-England Chennai Test Video