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    India lost the fourth and final cricket Test by an innings and eight runs to England at The Oval here on Monday.

    Resuming the day at 129 for three, India were all out for 283 in their second innings. England had declared their first innings at 591 for six.

    India’s first essay folded up for 300. With this defeat, the visitors lost the series 0-4.

    Brief scores:

    England: 591 for 6 decl (Ian Bell 235, Kevin Pietersen 175; S Sreesanth 3/123).

    India: 300 and 283 all out in 91 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 91, Amit Mishra 84, Graeme Swann 6/106


    Sachin Tendulkar remained on course for a historic 100th Test ton as India fought back to save the match after following on, reaching 216 for three at lunch on the fifth day of the final cricket Test here on Monday.

    India quelled England’s charge for the whole of morning session without losing a single wicket with the two overnight batsmen Tendulkar (72 batting) and Amit Mishra (57 batting) piling on 98 runs for the fourth wicket.

    The visitors now trail by 75 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand.

    Everyone was backing Tendulkar to come good but Mishra was the real surprise packet as he handled both spinners and pacers with aplomb.

    Tendulkar set the early tone of the day when he steered and flapped James Anderson through the slip cordon for two boundaries. A single brought his half century up from 74 balls and he had thus far hit seven fours.

    Mishra, on the other end, clearly found the off-spin of Graeme Swann to his liking as he dabbed him past slips for his first four of the morning. He then flicked Stuart Broad off his pads and later swept Swann for yet another boundary.

    Two more fours by Mishra, one each off Broad and Swann, took him into 40s.

    England removed Swann from the bowling attack and brought Ravi Bopara on to bowl his medium pacers but Tendulkar hit him for two off-side fours.

    Bowlers were being shuffled around but they were not able to beat the bat often as the Indian pair grew increasingly in confidence.
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