Lahli was under the spotlight for the last few weeks as this small town prepared to welcome Tendulkar. The big moment for the fans arrived Sunday afternoon when the Master Blaster walked out to bat. Mumbai batted second after bowling Haryana out cheaply for 134 in 35.4 overs.
Tendulkar was at the crease early for Mumbai at the Bansi Lal Stadium. He batted at his customary No. 4 position and came to bat after the fall of opener Wasim Jaffer's wicket in the 19th over of the innings.
The 40-year-old's innings lasted just 7 balls. In his brief stay he hit his trademark straight drive for a four.
Right-arm paceman Mohit Sharma, who has played for India after a fruitful IPL season with Chennai Super Kings, broke through the defence of Tendulkar.
Tendulkar was done by extra bounce. He lunged forward to defend but the ball hit his elbow and onto the stumps and the fans were stunned into silence.
Tendulkar faced the second ball of the 19th over to start his innings and departed on the first ball of the 21st over. In between he went to the tea break on 4 not out.
Tendulkar will retire from cricket after playing two Tests against West Indies next month. The final Test of the series will be his 200th.
The same fans will be hoping Tendulkar gets to bat again in Mumbai's second innings and scores big.