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Sachin outdoes Bradman with 30th Test hundred


Posted: Aug 23, 2002 at 2117 hrs IST

Sachin Tendulkar outdid his hero Don Bradman in one way at least when he completed his 30th Test century on the second afternoon of the third Test against England on Friday. He reached the mark with an on-drive for four off spinner Ashley Giles before punching the air with his bat as India, seeking a series-levelling win, reached tea on an impregnable 421 for three.

Tendulkar, who earlier added 150 with Rahul Dravid before the latter was dismissed for 148, had been level with Australian Bradman in the all-time list of Test century makers at the start of the day. Only India's Sunil Gavaskar, with 34 Test hundreds, has scored more. The 29-year-old right-hander has always argued that Bradman was beyond compare. History, however, will surely be more generous one day in mentioning the two in the same breath.

England, 1-0 up in the four-match series, traipsed into tea looking dejected and weary, knowing they face an uphill battle to save the game against India's spinners. At tea, Tendulkar was on 113 and his skipper Saurav Ganguly on 45 after an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 86. The touring side had resumed on 236 for two after the first 55 minutes of the day were lost to rain, quickly strengthening their grip on the game as they pressed to level the four-match series.


Dravid, "The Wall", clipped Andrew Caddick's first delivery, an inviting half-volley, through the leg side to the boundary for the opening runs. He then played down on a delivery outside off stump, running it through the slips for four more. Tendulkar, "The Little Master", responded in kind, smashing the subdued Matthew Hoggard through extra cover before turning the next ball off his leg stump delivery to the boards.

England, castigated for bowling too short and wide by coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday, were now over pitching. Attempting to compensate, Alex Tudor dug a ball in short which Tendulkar imperiously pulled for four to reach his half-century. There were a few moments of concern. Tendulkar survived an early inside edge off Caddick which just missed his leg stump, while a frustrated Tudor, the pick of the attack, appealed for a caught behind off a delivery brushing Tendulkar's forearm.

Moments later, Tendulkar looked to turn the bowler to midwicket but sent a leading edge through extra cover for three runs. Dravid then squeezed down on a Tudor delivery, the ball dribbling past his off stump.

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