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Tendulkar shines to give India the edge

A sparkling unbeaten 124 from Sachin Tendulkar gave India the edge on the opening day of the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide, a game the Indians must win to secure a remarkable 2-2 series draw. Having won the toss on a typical Adelaide belter, India closed on 309 for five, with Tendulkar’s 39th Test hundred the jewel in the tourists’ crown.

There remains plenty of work to do, of course: India won here four years ago after conceding over 550 in the first innings, a feat Australia replicated against England in late 2006. But if Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, undefeated on six after being badly dropped on three by Matthew Hayden at first slip off Mitchell Johnson as the evening shadows lengthened, can coax runs out of the tail, 400 should be the bare minimum. Another cracker could be on the cards.

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