Day 5: England vs India,4th Test Match
Tendulkar closes in as India fight for drawEngland 591/6d
India 300 & 283/10 (f/o) (90.0 ov)
Eng won by an innings and 8 runs
Sachin Tendulkar closed in on an historic 100th international hundred as India gave themselves a chance of avoiding defeat in the final Test. Tendulkar reached lunch on 72 as a packed crowd soaked up the anticipation of a great milestone. For the second time in the match Amit Mishra provided excellent support, scoring a career-best 57 and dominated the scoring, as India went through a session without losing a wicket for the first time in the series.
Tendulkar, who survived a stumping chance on the fourth evening when England didn't appeal, was dropped at short leg by Alastair Cook on 70 off Graeme Swann during a testing spell from the offspinner. It was a thick inside edge into the pad but Cook couldn't grasp the first attempt or the rebound. Stuart Broad also troubled Tendulkar with an excellent spell where he beat the edge, but James Anderson was frustrated by difficult foot holes. Watch Live Score
Tendulkar began with positive intent as he drove the second ball of the day for four then upper-cut Anderson for another boundary. The fifty, his second of the series, came from 74 balls and the cheer it received was just a precursor to the reaction triple figures would be afforded.
Swann wheeled away without the same impact as Sunday's last session and Mishra caused him as much frustration as Tendulkar. The closest England came to shifting him was a full-blooded clip that rebounded off Cook at short leg and Mishra wasn't afraid to attack. He used his feet against Swann to loft him straight down the ground and played leg-side shots off the quicks that wouldn't have looked out of place coming off the bat of Tendulkar.
Mishra went to his fifty in the last over before lunch off 103 balls with another battling display of the type that has been lacking from India during the series. Andrew Strauss used a variety of options, opting for Ravi Bopara's medium pace ahead of Tim Bresnan, and the new-ball, which is due 15 overs into the afternoon session, is now looming as a decisive period of the final day. If India manage to erase the deficit then time becomes a crucial factor in any potential run chase.