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Sachin back in form again

SACHIN TENDULKAR gave glimpses of his vintage form with an imperious unbeaten century as India thrashed the West Indies by 160 runs in the fourth cricket one-dayer to clinch the series 3-1 here on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 02:48 IST
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SACHIN TENDULKAR gave glimpses of his vintage form with an imperious unbeaten century as India thrashed the West Indies by 160 runs in the fourth cricket one-dayer to clinch the series 3-1 here on Wednesday.

The Indians rode on Tendulkar's 100 not out to rattle up an imposing 341 for three and then bundled out the Caribbeans for 181 with over eight overs to spare in what turned out to be a lopsided contest.

It was Tendulkar's 41st one-day hundred in his 378th appearance and was aided by a pulled six on bent knees and 10 fours in 76 balls.

The Mumbai batsman completed his hundred with a single off the last ball of the innings, as he moved from 89 to the three-figure landmark from the last five balls of the Indian innings.

Skipper Rahul Dravid (78) and Sourav Ganguly (68) also came good to make it a sublime top order performance that was backed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his trademark pyrotechnics, a 20-ball 40 not out.

The West Indian chase was never on as Chris Gayle (6) became Ajit Agarkar's victim, for the third time in the series, in the third over of the innings. Zaheer Khan accounted for the in-form Shivnarine Chanderpaul (14) before Irfan Pathan marked his return to the team with the wicket of Devon Smith.