Second Test Day 1: Sachin races past Sunny, smashes 35th ton
The master blaster cracked an unbeaten 100 for his record 35th hundred, the most in Test cricket.india Updated: Dec 11, 2005 12:55 IST
Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the highest century-getter as India laid the foundation for a mammoth first innings total.
Tendulkar cracked an unbeaten 100 for his record 35th hundred, the most in Test cricket, as India reached a strong 245 for three at stumps on the opening day.
Tendulkar's seventh ton against the visitors saw him surpass former captain and compatriot Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 34 for most number of hundreds in the all-time centurions list.
Sourav Ganguly was batting on 39 at the other end after playing the supporting role to Tendulkar to perfection.
It was also Tendulkar's 125th Test appearance, again matching Gavaskar and the second highest for an Indian. Only Kapil Dev had played in more Tests, 131.
Tendulkar's innings helped India seize the initiative after skipper Rahul Dravid, suffering from illness, made a bold decision to open the innings in the absence of Virendra Sehwag who was down with a throat infection.
Tendulkar reached his century with a single off Chaminda Vaas delivery.
His three figure mark came from 177 balls after 277 minutes at the crease, and contained 13 fours and a six.
Tendulkar was somewhat circumspect in the initial phase of his innings and had to endure a testing spell of reverse swing bowling by Fernando.
There were a couple of loud shouts for leg before against Tendulkar and he was hit on the chest when the little master tried to duck a short pitched stuff that kept low.
But he middled the ball well from the outset. He employed the paddle sweep to the spinners, a shot that he had buried deep into the kit bag for long.
Later, when the pitch dried out and batting became more relaxed in the afternoon, he began to play his strokes.
He notched up his half century with a nudge to squareleg off Muralitharan and then proceeded to strike three consecutive fours off the offie.
He took a volley from around the wicket on the rise and placed it between mid off and cover, then glided the next one to third man before driving the following one on the backfoot through the cover.
Behind the composed batting was a burning intensity which was in display when he showed his disapproval when Ganguly turned down a third run.
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