Tendulkar resumes action with a century

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar hit a century as he batted in a match for the first time since shoulder surgery in March.

Tendulkar opened the batting for Lashings World XI in a 40-over charity game against Cambridge University and smashed 155 off 110 balls. A crowd of around 2,000 turned up at Fenner's to watch Tendulkar in action, cheering when he came out to bat.

And he was mobbed by autograph hunters as he headed back to the pavilion. He was eventually out in the 30th over, caught at mid-on, off the bowling of medium-pacer Ben Jacklin, who finished with 1-74 off five overs.

New Zealander Chris Cairns then delighted the crowd with a 57-ball nbeaten 113, including nine sixes, two onto the pavilion roof. Tendulkar opened the batting with former West Indies captain Richie Richardson and faced four bouncers in his first over. But while, Richardson, Greg Blewett and Phil Simmons all got out to balls keeping low, Tendulkar went through his full batting repertoire to give his shoulder a good work-out.

He had fortune on his side as he was dropped four times but treated the capacity crowd to a batting masterclass, hitting 25 boundaries and three sixes.

Tendulkar will play five matches for Lashings as he resumes batting after missing seven one-day matches against England and the ongoing tour of West Indies. He is attempting to be fit to play for India in a triangular series against Sri Lanka and South Africa in August.

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