Sehwag and Tendulkar hit centuries for India

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar hit centuries in the final test as India fought to level the series against South Africa and hold on to their number one ranking.

By (Reuters)

Published: Mon 15 Feb 2010, 10:33 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:31 AM

Opener Sehwag smashed 165 and Tendulkar carved out a spectacular 106 to help the tourists take a first-innings lead of 46 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Monday.

India were 342 for five at the close on the second day, with Sehwag scoring his 19th test century and second in a row and Tendulkar extending his world record to 47 with his fourth straight hundred.

The tourists staged a late recovery when they dismissed both the century-makers plus Subramaniam Badrinath for one in a spectacular collapse. Nightwatchman Amit Mishra (one) was at the crease with Vangipurappu Laxman (nine) when stumps were drawn.

South Africa are bidding to leapfrog the hosts at the top of the standings and record a first test-series victory on Indian soil in almost a decade.

Sehwag and Tendulkar shared in a stand of 249 for the third wicket to put the South African attack to the sword after India had dismissed the tourists, who lead the series 1-0, for 296.

Indian paceman Zaheer Khan took the last South African wicket in the fourth over of the morning after the tourists had resumed on 266-9.

Sehwag, one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, overshadowed his illustrious partner as he lashed 23 fours and two sixes in a show of audacious strokeplay.

Blazing Start

The explosive Sehwag, who faced just 174 deliveries, tore into the fast bowlers as he lashed the new-ball pair of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel for three fours in an over each in a breathtaking display of raw power and exquisite timing.

Sehwag blasted his first 44 runs in 22 deliveries to give India a blazing 73-run start along with Gautam Gambhir, who was needlessly run out for 25.

Number three batsman Murali Vijay was dismissed for seven off Morkel.

Sehwag exploited the width, pace and bounce that the South African bowlers offered, reaching his century with a punch off paceman Wayne Parnell through point.

The opener offered a stumping chance on 129 that was missed by AB de Villiers who kept wicket after Mark Boucher was ruled out with a back injury before the match.

Left-arm spinner Paul Harris resorted to a defensive leg-side line against the pair in an attempt to dry up runs and achieved success late after he frustrated Tendulkar.

India lost the two century-makers and Badrinath in the space of four runs. Sehwag was caught at short cover off spinner JP Duminy, who bowled just one over, and Tendulkar was caught off Harris, while Badrinath, who scored a fifty on his debut in the first test, was fired out by Steyn.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh finished with 3-64 to play a key role in India’s fightback after debutant Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla scored centuries to give South Africa a solid start.

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