Tendulkar Makes History, India Seal Series In Gwalior
India 401-3 (Tendulkar 200no, Karthik 79, Dhoni 68no) beat
South Africa 248 (De Villiers 114no) by 153 runs
Second One-Day International, Gwalior
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Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to register a double-century in One-Day International cricket before India beat South Africa by 153 runs in the second game in Gwalior.
Tendulkar's 200 not out enabled India to smash their way to 401 for three before South Africa were bowled out for 248, the emphatic victory putting India into an unassailable position of 2-0 up with one game to play.
India won the toss and chose to bat but quickly lost Virender Sehwag (9) when he was caught by Dale Steyn off Wayne Parnell but they quickly got back into their stride courtesy of a 194-run partnership for the second wicket between Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik (79).
India reacted to Karthik's dismissal by promoting Yusuf Pathan to number four, and he continued the assault with 36 in 23 balls, the all-rounder holing out to AB de Villiers off spinner Roelof van der Merwe after blasting four fours and two sixes.
That brought Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni together and they took the South African bowlers to pieces, Dhoni being particularly brutal with seven fours and thre sixes in a whirlwind innings of 68 in 35 balls.
Tendulkar finally got his shot at history, and in perfect style, he didn't disappoint, squirting Charl Langeveldt to point for a single, and the double-century.
He had earlier passed the record of 194, held by Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry, flicking the ball into the midwicket region off Parnell.
In reply, South Africa failed to live with the pressure of scoring at eight runs per over, losing their way, and wickets, despite a wonderful century from AB de Villiers.
Gibbs (7) and Jacques Kallis (11) both played on while Alviro Petersen was bowled by Ravi Jadeja attempting to pull for nine and JP Duminy's miserable run of form continud when he was trapped in front by Pathan for a golden duck.
An experiment to promote Roelof van der Merwe worked briefly before he holed out for 12 and Hashim Amla carved 34 in 22 balls before he pulled Shanthakumaran Sreesanth to Ashish Nehra at mid-on.
De Villiers showed fine form, playing an innings that might win most other ODIs, left unbeaten on 114 in 101 balls with 13 fours and two sixes, but today was Tendulkar's, and India's day.
Sreesanth returned three for 49 to be the pick of the Indian bowlers while Nehra, Jadeja and Pathan all finished with a brace.
India won the opening match by one run in Jaipur and the final game is in Ahmedabad on Saturday 27th February.
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