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Live Blog: India vs England, Day 5, The Oval

(Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth Test at The Oval. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)

Match package: Scorecard | Action in Images | Report

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar walks back after being dismissed by Tim Bresnan.

WHITEWASHED!

8:10 pm - England win by an innings and 8 runs, they are officially the world's number one Test team now. Swann takes the last wicket. India outplayed in every department.

Who is to be blamed for this humiliating loss?

"When you enforce the follow-on, you're always asking a lot of the bowlers especially on a flat wicket. They stuck at it. To bowl India out for 300 and 283 on that wicket is quite a performance," said England captain Andrew Strauss.

"We tried our best but we didn't get much time together before the series because the players were coming from the West Indies," Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

Ian Bell gets the Man of the Match award for his 235 runs in the first innings.

Stuart Broad is England's Man of the Series for his 182 runs and 25 wickets.

Rahul Dravid is India's Man of the Series for 461 runs throughout the four matches.

Tribhuwan has a solution...

Congratulations England. They outplayed team India in all departments of the games. One good thing has popped out of this series. It has started the debate to think for refurbishing the team, and start the transition of the seniors and induct the future of Indian cricket in the team. Hopefully something good comes out of this series. We have an opportunity to try the youngsters into the team and expose them to this excellent English team. The experience would do them a world of good. It is a good time to give the non performers a good and long rest to brush up their skills, whoever it may be. Stopping to play is not the solution. We should play more and perfect our game. It is time for BCCI to revamp their selection committee too. Because the current committee sucks.

7:59 pm - Graeme Swann gets his fifer finally. Gambhir gone for 3. It was also his 11th Test five-wicket haul! England on the verge of doing something special here.

7:57 pm - Swann tosses up, Ishant pushes forward with bat and pad, catch taken at silly point, Rod Tucker raises his finger, Ishant asks for a review and what do you know...Steve Davies says no this time around. There was nothing on Hot Spot. Whatever happened with Dravid yesterday Mr. Davies?

7:38 pm - Dhoni played the poorest of shot to get himself out. Broad pitches it full and wide, Dhoni went for a drive gets a thick edge to Graeme Swann at second slip. RP goes too. No stopping England from whitewashing India. India have lost five wickets for 7 runs in 8 overs.

Some feedback coming in from Yahoo! readers:

Shivanand T: Team India is determined to have a clean wash-out which they can remember for years to come. This was not expected from the No. 1 Team

DM: a little resistance shown by Indian batsmen.....but u can't stop the inevitable....its going to be 4-0.. wish our batsmen could have learnt something from Mishra....good that Sachin did not make a 100th 100...saved it for some better moments not when u r loosing 4-0....

7:15 pm - Suresh Raina finishes with a pair at The Oval. Swann is just brilliant against the left-handers, especially Raina. Gambhir walks out in the middle.

7:00 pm - He's gone! Sachin Tendulkar out for 91 runs. We will have to wait for his 100th hundred. Tim Bresnan is jubilant. Pressure back on India.

@prempanicker: In a sense I'm glad SRT didn't get his landmark in an innings where he was outplayed by a tailender. Just saying.

@cricketwallah: The 100th century will inevitably come but Sachin's dismissal now revives England's fading hopes of winning the match...

@VaughanCricket: Disappointed..

6:54 pm - Oh dear...Mishra missed the line completely here, expected it to turn which never came. Off-stump gone and that's wicket number 150 for Graeme Swann. Mishra walks back after playing so well. India have lost their fourth wicket.

@prempanicker: Now that our best batsman has got himself out, got to see if the rest can hang on in there

6:47 pm - And Sachin Tendulkar moves into the 90s. Mishra is not far behind. He is on 80 runs.

@cricketwallah: Not much he has done wrong this series but Prior will be kicking himself for putting down Tendulkar snick.It's a funny - & often cruel -game.

6:43 pm - Sachin and Mishra have now added 131 runs together which is India's highest partnership in the series do far. Well played Amit Mishra.

Rahul Dravid warns England to be ready for the challenge when they visit India next year.

The England team will come to India next year, and the Indian team playing at that point of time will be very keen to correct this series. Those will be our conditions, and it will be interesting to see how that series goes in our conditions. That will be the biggest challenge for England. We know England is really good in these conditions. They have the bowlers and they have players to perform in these conditions. Big challenge for England is going to be to win in India," Dravid said.

Amit Mishra

6:15 pm - Sachin and Mishra back after the lunch.

5:34 pm - Sachin Tendulkar (72) and Amit Mishra (57) take India to 216/3 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the fourth Test against England. 30 overs, 87 runs, 0 wicket in that morning session. For the first time in the series India haven't lost a wicket in a session. Do we see a draw here?

@rameshsrivats: Dhoni should now go to Strauss and say - Okay, all reals. Let's start the series.

5:29 pm - And Amit Mishra gets to his second half-century in Tests. A very good effort from him, good resistance.

4:59 pm - A lovely stroke from nightwatchman Amit Mishra - who flicks a leg-stump delivery from Stuart Broad through mid-wicket for four runs. No Tim Bresnan yet.

@cricketwallah: In the rising anticipation of Tendulkar's century, let's not overlook Mishra's confident batting: not just in this innings, but the Test

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin will have to wait for his 100th hundred.

4:38 pm - Mishra is batting confidently out there with some lusty blows to the fence. A good first hour from India at The Oval.

4:18 pm- 150 up for India. All eyes on Sachin Tendulkar. Meanwhile some bad news for India here. Virender Sehwag and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out of the ODI series against England leg due to injuries. They have been replaced by two rookies, Ajinkya Rahane and fast bowler Varun Aaron, in the touring squad.

3:56 pm - Sachin Tendulkar gets to his 61st half-century in Test matches, 2nd of the series. India need him to stay there for a while...aaahh who am I kidding…the whole day.

Some reactions coming in from Twitter -

@rameshsrivats: It was courageous of Amit Mishra to come out to bat last evening instead of sending Raina in as a nightwatchman.

@cricketwallah: Tendulkar looking in prime form this morning...

3:42 pm - Weather should not be a factor today; so much depends on Sachin Tendulkar to see India through.

England saw off India's batting hero Rahul Dravid as they closed in on a 4-0 series whitewash at The Oval. India, following on, were 129 for three, a deficit of 162 runs, at stumps on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test against England. Sachin Tendulkar was 35 not out and nightwatchman Amit Mishra eight not out. England lead the four-match series 3-0. Can Sachin salvage some honour for India and prevent a series rout?

Scyld Berry, of The Daily Telegraph, thinks Sachin Tendulkar can save the Test for India.

In his favour are the following factors: the Oval pitch has enough bounce in it for Tendulkar to play the back-foot cover-drives that have always been his special glory; the pressure to win this series has long since departed; and he does not have to force the rate of scoring, at least until India's tailenders come in.

Meanwhile, there are serious doubts that openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir may skip the limited-overs leg against England due to injuries. Viru has not yet recovered fully after undergoing shoulder surgery while Gauti, who suffered a mild concussion, while taking a catch on Saturday was in total discomfort while batting on Sunday. I am keeping my fingers crossed...

It has been 'England vs The Wall' writes David Hopps for The Guardian.

To India's new cricket audience, Dravid must seem a cricketer out of kilter with the times. He is an education when they fancy a day out; a figure of sanity when what they really want is a figure of fun; a batsman best appreciated by the rheumy-eyed. During this Test, he passed 30,000 balls, and has batted for roughly 40,000 minutes. Statistics on balls faced have only been kept for 40 years or so, but on both measures his records is unsurpassed. He now has 12,767 runs, second only to Sachin Tendulkar.

This is what Yahoo! Cricket readers had to say about Rahul Dravid -

Sam: Dravid again! Are we reconsidering, who should get Bharat tatna?

Shadu: Dravid, u really did a very great job to Indian cricket. i don't mind India wins or not, but i need you to prove urself a legend to Indian team selectors. This will be great slap to the selectors who rejected you by the past two years. Rock on your performances. I want to see more and more of your centuries in test and also in your last ODI series. I know well that you only can survive the England climate and food.. Such a strong man U R. Thanks for your century. U gave nearly half of the runs. Every cricketer even Sachin should learn from you a lot. Love you so much. Thanks a lot.

Jagannadham G: been doing. With a little helping hand from any of them, the story would have been different. Congrats, once again,.Dravid! Three centuries in four tests! Super ! You have done India proud.

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