Tendulkar, Yuvraj lead India charge

Published: Monday, December 15, 2008, 14:46 [IST]
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Sachin, Yuvraj hold Indian fort

Chennai: India posse look to knock off 83 more second-innings runs to win the first Test as the Test enters final section on the final day of the Chennai Test. Tendulkar led the Indian run chase on the decisive day of the first Test against England with a peerless knock of 65 not out. With able support from Yuvraj Singh, Tendulkar steered India to 304-4 at tea.

Master blaster Sachin hit an unbeaten 65 to help his side move within 83 runs of reaching their victory target of 387, which would be the fourth highest successful run chase in Test history and the highest ever fourth innings total at the Chepauk Stadium.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj hit spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann out of the attack with some big hits and when the England fielders went back to the boundaries started accumulating singles with regular ease.

India lost Laxman soon after lunch with Graeme Swann giving England the breakthrough with a bouncy delivery that turned in from outside off as Laxman failed to keep it down and edged it to forward short leg for Ian Bell to take the catch.

Laxman hit four fours in his knock of 26 and added 41 with Tendulkar for the fourth wicket.

Tendulkar and Laxman took India to lunch at 213/ after India lost Gautam Gambhir (66) and Rahul Dravid (4).

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