Mumbai, Jan 6: Sachin Tendulkar scored a century for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. This was Tendulkar's second successive ton in Ranji Trophy after he had scored a ton against Railways in the season's opener (November 2, 2012) at the same venue. Tendulkar was dismissed bowled by fast bowler Murtuja Vahora for 108 (10x4, 1x6) off 233 balls. Mumbai ended the day at 272/3 in 90 overs after captain Ajit Agarkar won the toss and chose to bat.
Tendulkar, playing his first game since announcing One Day International retirement, looked in fine touch on his home ground. He reached the three-figure mark with a double off Ambati Rayudu. As soon as Tendulkar reached the milestone, a fan ran onto the pitch and touched the batsman's feet.
The Master Blaster had been off training after retiring from ODIs on December 23. He spent time with his family in Mussoorie and returned to practice a couple of days back.
This was Tendulkar's 19th century (18th in Ranji Trophy) for Mumbai. Overall, Tendulkar now owns 80 first-class tons and 112 half centuries. He is just one behind Sunil Gavaskar in India's all-time list. Gavaskar has 81 tons.
This was Tendulkar's second first-class hundred since January 2011 when he reached the three-figure mark, a 146 against South Africa in Cape Town Test.
The 39-year-old right-hander, with Wasim Jaffer (137 not out), put Mumbai in command on the opening day. Jaffer too hit a hundred. Tendulkar and Jaffer were involved in a double-century partnership for the third wicket.
Tendulkar, who is without a Test century for two years now, will be hoping to take this form into next month's Test series against Australia at home. The first India-Australia Test starts on February 22.