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1st Test, Chennai, December 11 - 15, 2008, England tour of India
316 & 311/9d
(T:387) 241 & 387/4

India won by 6 wickets

Player Of The Match
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Scorecard summary
England 316/10(128.4 overs)
Andrew Strauss 123 (233)
Harbhajan Singh3/96 (38)
Matt Prior *53 (102)
Amit Mishra3/99 (34)
India 241/10(69.4 overs)
MS Dhoni 53 (82)
Andrew Flintoff3/49 (18.4)
England 311/9(105.5 overs)
Andrew Strauss 108 (244)
Zaheer Khan3/40 (27)
Ishant Sharma3/57 (22.5)
India 387/4(98.3 overs)
Graeme Swann2/103 (28.3)

Tendulkar pumps his arms and Yuvraj embraces him in a massive bear hug. Chennai rises and what a win. A great Test match in fact, from start to finish. This will mean so, so much to Tendulkar and India.

Really stunning scenes in Chennai. Tendulkar scores a most brilliant hundred and India India have achieved their target of 387, which is now the fourth-highest run-chase in Tests.

Let's run some statistics for you all of you. Prior to this successful chase, the highest score chased in the fourth innings to win a match in India is 276, by the West Indies in Delhi in 1987. In Chennai, India's 155 for 8 in the third Test against Australia in 2001 was the previous highest.

Yuvraj played an excellent hand in an unbeaten 163-run stand with 85 on Test comeback. He is all smiles. The party will go on in Chennai all night. Do not forget Sehwag's stunning assault last evening which gave India an awesome platform.

"This is a very, very special hundred," says Tendulkar. "To score 387 on a track where the ball was bouncing and jumping awkwardly was great. Cricket is a lesser thing compared to what happened in Mumbai and we are with those who lost their dear ones."

Yuvraj thanks his senior partner: "Talking to him was special. My dream has come true. I have won a Test for India with Tendulkar."

Put this up there with Adelaide, Headingley, Perth, Johannesburg, and Galle. England set India 387 and they chased it down with six wickets in hand. Where did England lose this Test after dominating so much of it? When they scored some 57 runs in a session yesterday.

Listen to this - Tendulkar's unbeaten 103 is his first fourth-innings hundred in an Indian win. And Dhoni has now won four matches out of four.

Time for the post-match ceremony. First up is Pietersen: "A very, very bitter pill to swallow. To start Test cricket two weeks after what happened in Mumbai is terrific. I think Sehwag started the innings terrificly and we tried our hearts out. We didn't come here to lose. The pitch was very good. There are player positives to take back for us. A fantastic performance against India."

Now its Dhoni's turn: "The toughest win. We were not present for the first three days of this Test, not batting well. But we won this match over the last two days. Sehwag was the play maker and without him we would have been defending this match. Sachin was brilliant and Yuvraj was amazing. It was tough on days four and five. Batting with Bhajji in the first innings was key as we reduced the lead."

And finally its time for the Man of the Match, and it is indeed Sehwag for his 68-ball 83 on day four. "This is Sachin's best innings I have seen," he says. "I remember the Test loss against Pakistan here [in 1999] but today he finished the job. I always back myself to play only a few shots. If the ball is in my area I hit it. The ball was turning and bouncing but Sachin and Yuvraj batted brilliantly. I've played for eight years and the atmosphere in the dressing room now is brilliant. We believe we can do anything."

What a Test. Engrossing for five days. It was a fiercely contested match and I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have. Thank you for logging in to Cricinfo again. Its been a pleasure. On behalf of Binoy George, your scorer for this Test, this is your commentator Jamie Alter signing off. Do come back and join us on December 19 for the second and final Test from Mohali. Bye for now!

Swann to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

there it is! What. An. Effort. That is a historic win and Tendulkar's 41st Test century, paddles around the corner ever so emphatically and India have clinched a superb run chase by six wickets

Swann to Tendulkar, no run

well bowled, Tendulkar gets back and across and defends

Swann to Yuvraj, 1 run

gets across to off and turns it fine for a single

end of over 982 runs
IND: 382/4CRR: 3.89 
Sachin Tendulkar99 (194b 8x4)
Yuvraj Singh84 (130b 8x4 1x6)
Monty Panesar 27-4-105-0
Graeme Swann 28-2-98-2
Panesar to Tendulkar, no run

close, he paddles and inside-edges near the stumps

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run

tossed up on middle and leg and defends patiently

Tendulkar on 99 ... all of Chennai on its feet

Panesar to Yuvraj, 1 run

shuffles and turns it to midwicket and thats a single!

Panesar to Yuvraj, no run

flat on middle and leg and turned to short leg

Panesar to Yuvraj, no run

tossed up on a length and he defends off the back foot

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run

uses his feet and drives inside-out to extra cover

end of over 973 runs
IND: 380/4CRR: 3.91 
Yuvraj Singh83 (127b 8x4 1x6)
Sachin Tendulkar98 (191b 8x4)
Graeme Swann 28-2-98-2
Monty Panesar 26-4-103-0
Swann to Yuvraj, no run

ha ha, ends the over with watchful defensive to much cheer

Swann to Yuvraj, no run

good fun, tossed up and Yuvraj defends very patiently and Chennai erupts in cheer....they MAC has always loved Tendulkar and vice-versa

Swann to Yuvraj, no run

on leg stump, defended to short leg

Swann to Yuvraj, no run

gets forward and defends it solidly

Swann to Yuvraj, 2 runs

tossed up into the rough and he square-drives for two, could have been three with ease as Anderson gives chase but nope, two it is to be safe

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run

another single, lunges forward and opens the face to run fine

end of over 969 runs
IND: 377/4CRR: 3.92 
Sachin Tendulkar97 (190b 8x4)
Yuvraj Singh81 (122b 8x4 1x6)
Monty Panesar 26-4-103-0
Graeme Swann 27-2-95-2
Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run

moves to 97 with another easy tuck off the pads for one

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run

slower ball and he goes back to defend watchfully

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run

flat on leg stump and he defends to short leg

India need 11, Tendulkar needs four ...

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

classic shot, full and driven through the covers with interest

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR runs

into the nineties with a cute little paddle sweep to beat fine leg

Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Virender Sehwag
Series resultIndia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1898
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days11,12,13,14,15 December 2008 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee