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Tendulkar fails in 100 ton bid

2011-11-25 07:34

Mumbai - Sachin Tendulkar missed an unprecedented 100th international century by just six runs before India avoided a follow-on in the third and final Test against the West Indies on Friday.

India were bowled out for 482 in their first innings at tea in reply to the West Indies' 590, with Ravichandran Ashwin cracking a brisk 103 in only his third Test for a maiden hundred on the penultimate day.

India, needing 391 to avoid the follow-on, were struggling at 331-6 in the morning session before Virat Kohli (52) and Ashwin added 97 valuable runs for the seventh wicket.

Ashwin also became the third Indian after Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar to grab five wickets and score a century in the same innings of a Test.

It was the first time in the history of Test cricket that 11 half-centuries or more were scored in the first innings of a match, with the West Indies making six and India five.

Tendulkar (94) looked set to complete a century of centuries as he had been timing the ball magnificently before falling to a loose shot, trying to drive on the up to be caught by Darren Sammy at second slip off paceman Ravi Rampaul.

While the West Indies celebrated the big wicket, the master batsmen walked back dejectedly and nearly 15,000 cheering spectators suddenly fell silent at the 32,000-capacity Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Tendulkar, 67 overnight, smashed two sixes and eight fours in his 153-ball knock.

Skipper Sammy's words came true a day after he said his team hoped to break a "few Indian hearts" by trying to get local hero Tendulkar out early with a disciplined bowling performance. In fact, his team broke millions of hearts.

The West Indies also removed Venkatsai Laxman (32) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (eight) in the morning to put pressure on India, with paceman Fidel Edwards and seamer Sammy taking one wicket apiece.

It was the 10th time in an illustrious 184-Test career that Tendulkar had fallen in the nineties.

Tendulkar, who scored his 99th international hundred against South Africa in a World Cup match in Nagpur in March, also came close to achieving the feat in the fourth Test in England in August before being dismissed for 91.

The West Indies took the second new ball in the opening over of the day, only to see Tendulkar flick Rampaul for two runs and then past square-leg for four in the same over.

India, however, suffered a setback in the next over when Laxman fell at his overnight score, driving Edwards to gully where Marlon Samuels took the catch.

But there was no stopping Tendulkar, who firmly straight-drove Rampaul for a four and then drove Edwards past mid-off and uppercut over the slips for a six in the same over to move into the nineties before disaster struck.

India lead 2-0 in the series after winning the opening Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs.

AFP

Comments
  • Isabel - 2011-11-25 08:27

    .. this must be so frustrating for him!!

  • Gungets - 2011-11-25 08:42

    Is he going to be stranded on 99. ---> Remember that Don Bradman needed just 4 runs in his final test match innings to retire with an average of 100. He was dismissed for a duck. Perhaps even Bradman and Tendulkar fall short of perfection by a hair-breadth . Me, I hope Sachin gets it. Superb cricketer, great and humble man in a country where cricketers get treated like gods.

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-25 09:07

      Im sure he will

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-25 09:07

    Eish!

  • Justin - 2011-11-25 09:40

    Misleading heading of the article....if he retired after this game or this innings, he would have failed to get 100 centuries....he'll still be around for another 2 years, playing test cricket, and will retire as the only batsman to have scored 100 100's - Go Sachin!

      Hans - 2011-11-25 10:24

      I agree, but what is so frustrating for him, is that he fell so many times with his score in the 90's. he would have surpassed the number of cenutries long ago if it were not for bad luck, maybe nerves etc. The one thing that I admire about him is his humbleness. I really wish all sportsman were like him.

      Gungets - 2011-11-25 10:37

      @Hans - we see so many batsmen get a case of nerves in the 90's. Imagine how hectic those nerves must be for him in the 90's now. Heart attack stuff. Was very disappointed when I turned the TV on this morning and saw he was out. Hey, he still has a 1-day series against the WIndies and the Aussie tests to come. He has scored most of his 100's against the Aussies, so here's hoping.

  • Gerhard Uys - 2011-11-25 10:36

    Tendulkar is a great cricket player but a lot of his greatness is due to the fact that he's been playing for his country for so long. Kallis has a better average and one can only guess where he would be if he started playing for South Africa since primary school !

      Gungets - 2011-11-25 11:15

      Hi Gerhard - Kallis has only played 36 fewer matches than Sachin, has 11 fewer 100's in test matches. The gap is not as big as you might think. Tendulkar has scored 100 in one of every 5.92 test innings, Kallis 1 in every 6.25. I would have them both in my team (remember Kallis bowls as well [243 whickets] - more so that Sachin), but if I was forced to choose one, it would have to be Mr Tendulkar.

      Gerhard Uys - 2011-11-25 11:33

      Thanks for the stats Gun! Apologies to the little master. He certainly has talent but also heaps of commitment, perseverance and discipline"

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2011-11-25 11:01

    Lovely , keep things interesting !!!! Now at least the whole of India will still have something to talk about.

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