Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9.58 am local time: Handshakes all around as the players congratulate each other on a hard-fought and thoroughly engrossing Test match. Tendulkar and Laxman walk off to loud cheers from the Feroz Shah Kotla.

India needed just 6.2 overs this morning to score the 32 runs needed for victory. Tendulkar scored 24 of them off only 24 balls.

Stick around, I'll have the presentation ceremony for you in a bit.

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Shoaib Malik: "If you go back to the first day we didn't bat well. Our bowlers put in the effort but we were 100 runs short. Salman Butt was excellent in the second innings and also Yasir Hameed who was playing after a long time. Shoaib bowled really well and if we had a target of 300 the game could have been different. If you want to win a Test you have to score 400 plus and so we'll be looking to do that (in Kolkata)."

Anil Kumble is the Man of the Match for his captaincy, his seven wickets and a useful 24 in the first innings.

Kumble: "This ground has been very special, everything had happened on this ground. I think the boys responded really well and getting Pakitan out under 250 in both innings was creditable. The partnerships between Laxman and Dhoni, Dravid and Jaffer and Sachin and Ganguly were all very crucial. [On his own performance] It was excellent to get into the [bowling] groove right away. Three months is a long break at my age and I'm very happy with my performance."

So that's that. India have won their seventh consecutive Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla (perhaps that's why the Australians don't like playing there) and recorded their second-highest run-chase on home soil.

The cricket caravan moves on from Delhi to Kolkata for the second Test which begins on November 30. It's been an absolute pleasure doing the commentary for this match. Thank you all for your emails. This is George Binoy signing off, cheers all!

61.1
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, FOUR runs, Tendulkar seals the victory by rocking on to the back foot and dispatching a short ball from Shoaib through point with a fearsome cut shot, the fielder at point dived but he had no chance, India win the first Test by six wickets

END OF OVER:
61 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 199/4

  • VVS Laxman6 (12b)
  • SR Tendulkar52 (109b)
  • Danish Kaneria16-2-50-0
  • Shoaib Akhtar18-4-54-4

Lots of readers writing in saying that Ganguly should be the Man of the Match for his allround effort. And a fine effort it was too.

60.6
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Danish Kaneria to Laxman, no run, flicked off the front foot towards midwicket
60.5
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Danish Kaneria to Laxman, no run, defended off the front foot towards silly point

India are four runs away from the series lead.

60.4
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Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves back in his crease and flicks behind square for a single
60.3
0
Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, no run, played towards point once again
60.2
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Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, no run, driven off the back foot towards point
60.1
4
Danish Kaneria to Tendulkar, FOUR runs, short ball outside the off stump, Tendulkar rocks on to the back foot and cuts fiercely through covers to bring up his fifty, during a run-chase in the fourth innings of a Test match, excellent innings and he's been extra-aggressive this morning

Kaneria replaces Sami.

END OF OVER:
60 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 194/4

  • SR Tendulkar47 (105b)
  • VVS Laxman6 (10b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar18-4-54-4
  • Mohammad Sami15-1-65-0
59.6
1
Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves towards the off and pulls Shoaib once again to Tanvir at long leg, he keeps the strike
59.5
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, no run, another very short ball outside off stump, Tendulkar leans out of the way
59.4
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Shoaib Akhtar to Laxman, 1 run, full ball angling into the right-hander, Laxman flicks off his pads towards square leg where the substitute Abdur Rehman mis-fields

Phil writes it to say his Man of the Match is Anil Kumble.

59.3
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Shoaib Akhtar to Laxman, no run, bowled short outside the off stump, Laxman lets it pass
59.2
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Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, 1 run, Shoaib sends down another short ball, Tendulkar moves towards the off side and pulls towards long-leg where Tanvir does the fielding
59.1
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Shoaib Akhtar to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Tendulkar defends off the back foot towards the off side

India need only 12 more to win.

END OF OVER:
59 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 191/4

  • VVS Laxman5 (8b)
  • SR Tendulkar45 (101b)
  • Mohammad Sami15-1-65-0
  • Shoaib Akhtar17-4-51-4
58.6
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Mohammad Sami to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, Laxman gets on to the back foot and defends towards the leg side
58.5
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Mohammad Sami to Laxman, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, it kept low on Laxman who stood on the back foot and pushes the ball towards cover
58.4
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Mohammad Sami to Laxman, no run, there's the fourth short ball off the over, Laxman ducks under this one
58.3
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Mohammad Sami to Laxman, FOUR runs, this time Laxman stands tall on the back foot and rolls his wrists superbly while pulling the ball to the long-leg boundary, just one too many short balls from Sami
58.2
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Mohammad Sami to Laxman, no run, another short ball, Laxman is a little late in taking evasive action but he manages to get out of the way

India 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2W JafferKD Karthik
2nd82R DravidW Jaffer
3rd9SR TendulkarR Dravid
4th88SR TendulkarSC Ganguly
5th22SR TendulkarVVS Laxman