CHENNAI, India, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's flawless century steered India to a six-wicket win Monday over England in the first of two five-day test matches in Chennai.
The Mumbai veteran's 103, which came with a winning hit to the fence, and fellow partner Yuvraj Singh's 85 took India to the winning target of 387 runs with a loss of only four wickets and sealed England's fate despite some spirited batting and bowling by the latter.
The match had been rescheduled in the southern city, formerly called Madras, after the Nov. 26 Mumbai terror attacks.
England decided to return to India to play the two test matches despite some earlier concerns about security. Much of the proceeds from the Chennai test would be donated to help the victims of the Mumbai massacre.
Tendulkar's 103 was his 41 test century, the most by any batsman in the cricket world.
The star performer on the English side was opener Andrew Strauss, who achieved the distinction of scoring centuries in both innings.
The next test match will be played in the north Indian city of Mohali, starting Friday.