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Tendulkar leads India to historic win

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10:30: India 387-4 (98.3 overs): The crowd are going nuts as Tendulkar sweeps and drives Panesar for consecutive boundaries to move to 96. With just five needed to win, Yuvraj gets a single to allow his partner to get his century. And in a fairytale finish, he sweeps Swann to the fence to not only bring up his 41st Test century but complete a historic victory. INDIA WIN BY SIX WICKETS!!!



10:15: India 366-4 (94 overs): Swann gets one to turn back between Tendulkar's bat and pad and it goes through the gate and runs away for four leg byes. He and Yuvraj - who looks a tad like Nicolas Anelka - have put on 122 for the fifth wicket, having batted since 6:52am this morning when most of you were still thinking about sheep.

10:00: India 353-4 (91 overs): A leading edge from Yuvraj is just out of the reach of the diving Anderson at cover but there is no danger when he clips a low full toss into the fence at mid-wicket at some alacrity. When England lose this match, it will take their record under Peter Moores to won eight, drawn five, lost eight. Seven of those wins coming against New Zealand and West Indies. kestephenson if Moores drops Panesar, Anderson and Harmison, we are left with Flintoff, Swann, Adil Rashid and Amjad Khan - and he's Danish!

09:45: India 345-4 (88 overs): A lovely shot from Yuvraj as he stands tall and punches Anderson past the despairing ' Peter Shilton 1990 World Cup penalty shoot-out dive' at mid-off and then a low full toss from the Burnley Bronco is clinically dispatched over mid-on. Flintoff not for the first time is the saloon, this one the Last Chance as he replaces Anderson. johnnyevz82 - we are back at 4am on Friday for the second Test up north in Mohali.

09:30: India 330-4 (85 overs): Anderson is thrown the new ball. He can do little to prevent the 100 partnership arriving although it's a bit of a dodgy second run to bring up the landmark and a better throw from Swann down at third man would have seen Tendulkar struggling. Harmison on at the other end and it's turning into something of a schemozzle as no-one is backing up Prior's throw, allowing two overthrows. jonathangrosskopf in response to your question, Panesar has barely changed his pace at all during this match, something he needs to work on.

09:15: India 316-4 (82 overs): England stick with spin and the close fielders shout 'C'mon Swanny' which is ironic as that is what England are exactly down. The online equivalent of the Fat Lady singing has dawned with our picture changed from a happy bowler to a happy batsman. Yuvraj brings up just his fourth Test fifty off 76 balls and the singles are just coming too easily. annieh96 in response to your question, I felt a little sorry for Swindon after going down 1-0 at Crewe - I assume that is what you meant.

09:00: If are you looking for a positive for England, the new ball is due in an over. If are you looking for a negative, there is about 235 to list. Anyway the crowd has grown and they smell a win.

08:45: India 304-4 (79 overs): Tendulkar goes big, goes long, goes high - it's a one bounce four down to long-on off Swann, avoiding the man in the deep. And at tea India need just 83 more to win after adding 91 runs in that session. They have a great chance of entering the pantheon of great Test match chases, there have only been three bigger in history if they complete the job:

418-7 (set 418) West Indies v Australia at St John's in 2002-03

406-4 (set 403) India v West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76

404-3 (set 404) Australia v England at Headingley in 1948

Obviously pre-war, they just gave up and smoked their pipes rather than chase down fancy, large totals.

08:30: India 293-4 (76 overs): Massive shout for lbw as Swann, going around the wicket, gets a full delivery to rattle into Yuvraj's pads as he misses an attempted sweep. Replays indicate it would have pegged back middle but Harper is not interested. 100 to go for India and then Yuvraj plants a Monty long-hop into the crowd at cow corner.

08:15: India 279-4 (73 overs): The first boundary in ten overs as Yuvraj sweeps Panesar before he then attempts, and misses, an audacious reverse sweep. Spin at both ends now.

08:00: India 269-4 (70 overs): The new ball will be due just after tea so Monty returns. If you have just woken up to this score, you are probably choking on your cornflakes or pop tart. I hear KP likes a pop tart.

07:45: India 262-4 (67 overs): The banter is continuing between Pietersen, Flintoff and Yuvraj with Freddie bowling a foot outside off-stump and then desperately encouraging the batsman to play a few shots. Obviously a pre-match plan after consultation with Chandigarh's top shrinks.

07:30: India 259-4 (65 overs): No it's not Lord Lucan, it's Harmison who finally gets chucked the cherry and it's a massive shout from the final ball of his opening over. Steve, who won't need a ladder to put the Christmas decorations up, gets one to jag back to Tendulkar but it's just going over the top of middle and umpire Harper makes an excellent decision. He then hurls the ball at Yuvraj in the next over in a bid to wind him up as England successfully did in the first innings.

07:15: India 255-4 (62 overs): Panesar is bowling from over the wicket into the rough outside the left-hander's leg stump on this dust bowl and in theory it won't be easy for Yuvraj who is a one-day monster but still looking to establish himself in the Test arena. But after Tendulkar pounces onto a short ball by lofting Monty over square leg for a one-bounce boundary, Yuvraj gets into action. He rocks onto the back foot to punch Swann through the covers before a punishing sweep shot to the fence and a lofted drive over mid-on off Panesar which rattles into the pickets. 133 to go for India.

07:00: India 229-4 (58 overs): WICKET! Oh Doctor, that's a massive wicket. Swann generates turn and extra bounce out of the rough and Laxman, looking to turn the ball away on the leg-side, only picks out Ian Bell at short leg.

06:45: India 218-3 (54 overs): Steve Harmison has been as much a stranger to the bowling crease this morning as Amy Winehouse is to abstinence. He was warming-up out in the middle while his team-mates were having a Dhansak but it's Panesar and Swann immediately after lunch.

06:30: India firm favourites according to the satchel swingers at 7/10 with England 9/4.

06:00: India 213-3 (53 overs): LUNCH! A Stewart Goddard shot from Laxman - that is stand and deliver as he punches Flintoff back past mid-on for another sumptuous boundary. India 82-2 in the session and they need 174 more to complete a historic run chase. We are off for some horse tranquilisers but will return in 40 minutes.

05:45: India 205-3 (50 overs): Anderson is effortlessly caressed through the covers by Laxman for his first boundary before Tendulkar rocks back and cuts the Burnley Bronco deliberately over the slip cordon. Then a pair of mesmeric, dreamy drives on the up past mid-off by Laxman off both Panesar and the returning Flintoff, he deserves the Mark Nicholas style hyperbole for those shots. If I had a sound effects button, I would be pressing F9 - excitable cheers.

05:30: India 187-3 (47 overs): Useless stat alert! VVS Laxman averages 32 in the fourth innings of Test matches, having scored four fifties. The run rate has dipped below four for the first time in the innings but India now need exactly 200 - time is highly unlikely to be a factor unless England start bowling at eight overs an hour with Monty having a Bob Willis length run-up.

05:15: India 183-3 (44 overs): WICKET! Paul Collingwood dives away to his right in the gully as Gambhir steers a wide delivery from Anderson through the air and that's a key wicket for England. The left-handed opener plays away from the body once too often and departs for 66. Don's chips are in the fat (see 04:00 intro). 'Oh Jimmy, Jimmy' is the unmelodic song from the Barmy Army.

05:00: India 180-2 (41 overs): Short, wide dross as Monty Panesar comes into the attack and he is cut away by Gambhir for the sixth boundary in 10 overs this morning. Jimmy Anderson comes on at the other end before a far more dangerous Monty maiden. Time for some drinks to calm the nerves, this online bovine is tempted by a sloe gin. The satchel swingers go 4/6 India, 23/10 England and 9/1 the draw after the opening hour which has seen India add 49.

04:45: India 171-2 (38 overs): England come close on two occasions as Tendulkar coughs one up to silly mid-off but Alastair Cook is up too early and the ball falls short of his ankle while Gambhir plays a 'Chinese Cut' which misses his leg stump by a hair's width (not a Darrell Hair's width, that's about five feet) after Flintoff produces one of those deliveries when he doesn't use his lead arm at all. No doubts about Sachin's second boundary, a fine sweep off Swann.

04:30: India 151-2 (35 overs): Something of a streaky top edged pull by Gambhir in Flintoff's first over but he brings up his half-century off 105 balls. Flintoff has been testing Sachin Tendulkar but just offers enough width to be slashed away through the gully by the Little Master to bring up the 150. India are looking for the fourth highest fourth innings run chase in Test history - it's so tense all the feedback punters have been literally left speechless.

04:15: India 143-2 (32 overs): The pitch report sponsored by Buzz Aldrin's surface of the moon - there's craters, it's dusty, there is debris all over the place. It should be a horror for the batsmen but it hasn't been so far. Andrew Flintoff charges in and runs down the middle of the pitch with his first delivery, that'll get some dust flying with his size 15's. Graeme Swann then gets one to turn viciously out of the footholes before…..WICKET! The 14th ball of the morning is a full one and tempts Rahul Dravid to edge through to Matt Prior behind the stumps and England are in business early doors.

04:00: India 131-1 (29 overs): Good morning and this game couldn't be more exciting if Don Bradman came into the ground and asked for a bag of chips. It's day five and India need 256, England want nine wickets, I need some caffeine - let's rumble folks.

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