Thursday, July 29, 2010

Double ton by Sachin as test is heading for a tame draw

Sachin Tendulkar hits another double ton

In his yet another masterly knock, Sachin Tendulkar hit adouble ton (203) and Suresh Raina scored his maiden century as India surpassed Sri Lanka`s first innings total with a solid batting display in the second cricket Test which is heading for a tame draw here today.

Tendulkar took little over five to score his fifth double century as India cruised to 669 for nine at close on the penultimate day in response to Sri Lanka`s first innings total of 642 for four declared.

Debutant Raina scored 120 while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (76) was the other notable performer for the Indians.

Ishant Sharma (10) and last man Pragyan Ojha (0) were at the crease at stumps with India having a slender lead of 27 runs.

With just one day left, it is almost certain that the match will end in a draw. In case of a draw, India will

maintain their status as the number one Test team in the ICC rankings.

It was Tendulkar again who stole the spotlight as he notched up his fifth double century and featured in a 256-run partnership for the fifth wicket with debutant Raina which proved to be the backbone of

India`s resistance.

The senior statesman of world cricket was a picture of concentration as he steered India to safety with a masterly knock which spanned almost four sessions.

Raina became the 12th debutant century maker for India and was involved in a record fifth wicket partnership with Tendulkar.


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