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Sachin scores 74 in farewell Test; India eye big win over WI

Agencies  Mumbai, November 15, 2013
First Published: 08:48 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:00 IST(15/11/2013)

West Indies were 43 for three in their second innings against India at stumps on day two of the second cricket Test at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Chris Gayle (6) was at the crease for the visitors, who are trailing by 270 runs. Kieran Powell (9), Tino Best (9) and Darren Bravo (11) were the three batsmen to be dismissed in second innings of West Indies.

Earlier, India were all out for 495 runs in their first innings today. Rohit Sharma remained not out on 111 while Shami Ahmed (11) was the last man to go. India have taken first innings lead of 313 runs against the visiting side.

R Ashwin (30), B Kumar (4) and P Ojha (0), MS Dhoni (4) were the four batsmen to get out before Shami Ahmed.

Cheteshwar Pujara made a brilliant century and was dismissed for 113 runs while Virat Kohli made 57 runs before being declared out.

Sachin Tendulkar failed to break the 15-year-old jinx of not scoring a century at his home ground on Friday.

Sachin plays his trademark sweep during his last and 200th Test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo)


Tendulkar was dismissed for 74 by West Indies on Friday, spoiling the wishes of the full house in Wankhede Stadium and millions more TV viewers who had begun to anticipate a fairytale century in his international swansong.

First, there was stunned silence.

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Then, as the crowd realised it was the end of Tendulkar's likely last bat for India, they rose and applauded and the roar only got louder as their hero briskly walked closer to his grandstand exit.

But as he shaped to cut part-time offspinner Narsingh Deonarine, he only edged the delivery to lone slip Darren Sammy. West Indies' celebrations were muted, as Tendulkar immediately turned and headed to the clubhouse, tucking his bat under his arm with grim disappointment etched on his face.

IN PICS: Day 2 of Sachin's farewell Test

Not until he was almost to the boundary did he take off his helmet, wipe his brow, and raise his bat to acknowledge the crescendo of cheers, and let the fans' adoration wash over him.

"He has crossed boundaries, meant something to everyone, which is why you see such outpouring of emotion," former India captain Rahul Dravid said while commentating on television. "He has touched the lives of so many people over the years."

Tendulkar smashed 12 fours and faced 118 balls, playing both spin and pace with stylish ease and executing shots he has become famous for - the straight drive, cover drive and the paddle-sweep.

"It was disappointing to see him get out but he played some incredible drives," said Yuvraj Singh, guest commentating on TV. "When he walked in, how everyone cheered for him, well that was just amazing to see - the love of people for him." 

The Master Blaster thanks the crowd after his innings at Wankhede Stadium. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo)

There's a chance he could bat again, but that depends on the course of the second Test over the next three days.

The remarkable clamour for 40-year-old Tendulkar began before the second day's play as he knocked the ball around in practice and spoke to Australia spin great Shane Warne, who is doing TV commentary.

People were still pouring into the stands when the greatest batsman of this generation, the holder of all the meaningful international batting records, walked onto the field of his hometown stadium to another rousing reception.

Tendulkar then resumed on 38 after an evening cameo on day one. The Little Master did not disappoint a crowd including his wheelchair-bound mother Rajni, watching him live for the first time for his 200th and last test, as he played a classic innings to immense applause and chants of "Sachin, Sachin."

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The 40-year-old Tendulkar smashed consecutive boundaries off offspinner Shane Shillingford to set the tone for the day - cutting a short ball through point and executing a vintage paddle-sweep. On 47 he survived a big appeal for caught behind. Not long later, he hit an off drive to the boundary to raise yet another half century, the 68th of his career and first since February.

The century wasn't to be, but he's already given India a record 100 of those on the international stage.

(With AP, PTI inputs)

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