Pietermaritzburg: Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly hit sparkling centuries as India posted a mammoth 311-2 from 50 overs against Namibia in the World Cup on Sunday. Tendulkar hit 152 and Ganguly returned unbeaten on 112 during a run-a-ball stand of 244 for the second wicket after Namibia elected to field in overcast conditions.
Tendulkar's 34th One-day century emulated Australian Mark Waugh's feat of four World Cup centuries and put the Indian star's amazing statistics even beyond the reach of other contemporary batsmen. Ganguly moved to second place behind Tendulkar with 20 hundreds, surpassing Pakistani Saeed Anwar's tally of 19. Virender Sehwag was the only batsman to miss out in the run feast, caught at mid-wicket in the eighth over after making 24.
India, with two wins from three games, will still have to defeat England and Pakistan in its remaining matches to ensure a place in the Super Six round. Like he did on Sunday, Tendulkar also top-scored for his team in the previous three matches with scores of 52, 36 and 81. "When the other batsmen are struggling to make runs, it's my duty as the senior player to lift the side," said Tendulkar, whose innings was studded with 18 boundaries.
"The wicket was damp at the start, but it was just a matter of staying out there for an hour." Ganguly plundered six boundaries and four sixes in his 119-ball knock. Copyright AFP 2001