Thursday 25 May 2017

Cricket: Tendulkar hits magical 50

Sachin Tendulkar yesterday became the first batsman to score 50 centuries in Test cricket.

The 37-year-old achieved the feat, and also passed 14,500 runs, as India battled to make South Africa bat again in the first Test in Centurion.

Tendulkar moved to 95 by driving Paul Harris for six, then edged towards 100, ultimately reaching the milestone in his 175th Test with a single off Dale Steyn.

It was the second notable feat achieved by an Indian batsman yesterday after Rahul Dravid became the third man, after Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket.

Despite their heroics, though, India still finished day four on the brink of defeat.

Needing 484 to make the Proteas bat again, India were 454-8 when a storm came in to end play in the final over.

Irish Independent

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