Bangladesh win despite 100-ton Tendulkar
Bangladesh posted an upset five-wicket victory over India in the Asia
Cup one-day tournament in Dhaka on Friday, despite Sachin Tendulkarís
100th international century.
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the
one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between
India and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket
Stadium in Dhaka on March 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO, Munir uz
Bangladesh achieved the stiff 290-run target with four balls to spare
in the day-night match to keep alive their hopes of reaching the final.
Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar hammered a long-awaited 100th
international century on Friday to lift India to 289-5 against
Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Dhaka.
The memorable moment came in the 44th over when he turned left-arm
spinner Shakib Al Hasan to square-leg for a single to become the first
batsman to score a century of centuries.
The celebrations, however, were subdued as the master batsman removed
his helmet, raised his bat and looked at the sky, before being
congratulated by non-striker Suresh Raina and Bangladeshi fielders.
Tendulkar, who turns 39 next month, already holds four major batting
records -- maximum runs and centuries in both Tests and one-day
Timing and placement marked Tendulkar's 147-ball gem, studded with
one six and 12 fours. He put on 148 for the second wicket with Virat
Kohli (66) and 86 for the third with Raina (51). He was dismissed in the
47th over, caught behind while attempting to drive paceman Mashrafe
Mortaza and returned to the pavilion to a standing ovation from some
20,000 fans at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Tendulkar was at his aggressive best at the start, fluently driving
paceman Shafiul Islam through the covers and then hitting Mortaza for
two boundaries. His next two scoring strokes were also fours. DHAKA,
March 16, 2012