Wednesday 31 January 2007 

Tendulkar Ton Helps India Thrash West Indies

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 41st century to power India to a 160-run victory over West Indies in the final one-day international on Wednesday to clinch the four-match series 3-1.

The 33-year-old batsman struck 100, reaching the mark with a single off left-arm paceman Ian Bradshaw from the last ball of the innings as the hosts notched up 341-3 after being asked to bat first.

The visitors were bowled out for 181 in 41.4 overs in reply, never really recovering after losing their first five wickets for just 83 runs.

Marlon Samuels struck his second consecutive fifty (55) and added 65 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin (40), but the target was beyond reach.

Tendulkar, who holds the records for most one-day runs and hundreds, put on 118 for the third wicket with skipper Rahul Dravid, who made 78 after opener Saurav Ganguly struck 68.

The Mumbai batsman, who had two reprieves late in the innings, then added 75 for the unbroken fourth wicket with Mahendra Dhoni (40).

It was India's first one-day series victory since April last year when they beat visitors England 5-1.


© Reuters 2007