Tendulkar slams ton as tour tie finally gets underway

Published: Saturday, August 3, 2002, 18:36 [IST]
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Worcester: Sachin Tendulkar played himself into form ahead of the second Test against England with 169 for India in its tour match on Friday.

After rain had completely washed out the first two days of India's four-day clash against Worcestershire - the tourists last match before they face England at Trent Bridge on Thursday - India was 417 for eight. Tendulkar came to the crease with India on 99 for two. He then saw his side lose its third wicket on the same score when Sanjay Bangar (nought) became one of four Alamgir Sheriyar wickets when he was caught behind.

But Tendulkar then took charge his runs coming from 246 balls including 30 fours before he was bowled by part-time medium pacer Ben Smith. At stumps Rahul Dravid was 53 not out off 75 balls including seven fours having earlier retired on 41. And alongside him was off spinner Harbhajan Singh. The 'Turbanator' showed he could also wield a bat with 32 not out from a mere 27 balls including one six and five fours.


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