Wednesday 24 February 2010 

Tendulkar Makes History With 200, India Make 401

Tendulkar Makes History With 200, India Make 401
Tendulkar Makes History With 200, India Make 401
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India 401-3 (Tendulkar 200no, Dhoni 68no) v South Africa

Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to register a double-century in One-Day International cricket as India smashed their way to 401 for three in the second ODI against South Africa in Gwalior.

Tendulkar finished unbeaten on 200 having passed the previous record score of 194 earlier in the innings, getting to 200 in the final over. He smashed 25 fours and three sixes with his runs coming all around the wicket with a mix of power, finesse and intelligence characterising his knock.

India won the toss and chose to bat but quickly lost Virender Sehwag 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).

Karthik smashed four fours and three sixes in 85 balls, playing his part before chipping Parnell to Herschelle Gibbs.

India reacted 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.

Dhoni occupied much of the strike as India headed towards the final over but 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.

As if being mauled by the Indian batsmen wasn't bad enough, Langeveldt received treatment after being struck on the face attempting to stop a Tendulkar drive while JP Duminy injured his hand attempting to stop a ball in the field.

India won the opening match by one run in Jaipur.

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