Tendulkar, batting in his final Ranji Trophy innings for Mumbai, made it count and brought huge smiles to his supporters here.
Chasing 240 in the fourth innings, Mumbai lost wickets but Tendulkar stood at one end and it is nicely set up for an exciting finish on the fourth and final day tomorrow. This was Tendulkar's 115th half century in first-class cricket.
At stumps on the third day, Mumbai were 201/6 in 75 overs with Tendulkar 55 not out (122 balls, 4x4). With the Master Blaster is Dhawal Kulkarni on 6 (17 balls, 1x4). The visitors need 39 on the final day.
With good bowling from Haryana, Tendulkar had to battle it out in the middle for his runs. He remained patient and survived till the end of the day.
The Master Blaster had walked into bat when Ajinkya Rahane (40) was dismissed in the 36th over. Tendulkar was given a guard of honour by Haryana players and some of them also saluted the 40-year-old.
Fans at the Bansi Lal Stadium welcomed Tendulkar to the crease with huge cheers and they were rewarded with a half century from him. He was out for just 5 in the first innings on Sunday (October 27).
Tendulkar will retire from cricket after playing his 200th Test against West Indies next month. His final Test is at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium from November 14 to 18.
Mumbai 201/6 in 75 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 55 batting, Kaustubh Pawar 47, Ajinkya Rahane 40, Abhishek Nayar 24, Mohit Sharma 2/65) and 136 Vs Haryana 134 and 241