Tendulkar played a composed innings under pressure facing 155 balls and hitting 13 boundaries in the process. His partnership of 79 for the fifth-wicket with Yuvraj Singh was the highlight of the Indian innings, as most of the other top-order batsman failed to capitalise on starts.
He missed a century when he was forced to edge one off seamer Jimmy Anderson and the catch was taken by wicketkeeper Matt Prior diving to his right.
It was Tendulkar’s first half-century since the Sydney Test as he appeared relieved after getting to the mark with a boundary off pacer Steven Finn.
In Image: Sachin celebrates his half-century
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