Delhi - Sachin Tendulkar fell short of his
100th international ton but reached 76 to help guide India to within 22
runs of victory on day four of the first test against West Indies on
Tendulkar, who crossed 15,000 test runs on Tuesday,
collected his 62nd test half-century as India reached 254 for four
wickets at lunch with Vangipurappu Laxman (45) and Yuvraj Singh (nine)
at the crease.
Resuming on 152 for two, the hosts received an
early jolt when Fidel Edwards bowled Rahul Dravid (31) in the second
over of the day at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Tendulkar and Laxman, however, scored freely to consolidate India's position and virtually bat West Indies out of the match.
Laxman elegantly flicked off his pads whenever Edwards strayed and also drove with elan.
Tendulkar also found regular boundaries and brought up his fifty with a single off Edwards.
The batting great drove Ravi Rampaul for two boundaries in the same
over and looked set for his much-awaited 100th ton before being trapped
leg before by spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Tendulkar's 148-ball knock was studded with 10 boundaries.