No ton of tons as Tendulkar goes for 91
Sachin Tendulkar fell agonisingly short of an unprecedented 100th international ton when he was dismissed for 91 on the fifth day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval today.Updated: Aug 22, 2011 19:59 IST
Sachin Tendulkar fell agonisingly short of an unprecedented 100th international century when he was dismissed for 91 on the fifth day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval on Monday.
The 38 year old, whose 51 Test centuries and 48 in one-day internationals are both world records, was closing in on three figures when he fell lbw to the first ball of seamer Tim Bresnan's second spell on the last day of the series.
Australian umpire Rod Tucker took his time before raising his finger and replays indicated the ball would have just clipped leg stump.
Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in the history of both Test and one-day international cricket, batted for nearly four hours, facing 172 balls with 11 fours. This was easily Tendulkar's best score of this series, surpassing the 57 he made in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
This series saw Tendulkar score 273 runs from eight innings at an average of 34.12.
Tendulkar's next chance to reach the unprecedented landmark is set to come in the first of five one-day internationals between England and India at Chester-le-Street, north-east England, on September 3.
First Published: Aug 22, 2011 16:10 IST