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Once again, milestone-man Sachin fails to break 100th ton barrier

Last updated on: November 9, 2011 14:41 IST
Sachin Tendulkar

Exuberant fans were stunned into silence at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium when Sachin Tendulkar once again missed out on his 100th international ton, on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Tendulkar came close to close to completing the milestone but fell 24 runs short of the record mark.

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More than 10,000, who came in hoping to witness Tendulkar script history, reacted in disbelief when the iconic Indian batsman was out on 76 off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo around half an hour before lunch break.

Some closed their eyes in despair while others buried their faces in their palms as Tendulkar made the long walk to the dressing room after Australian umpire Rod Tucker raised his dreaded finger for an LBW decision.

At his fluent best

Last updated on: November 9, 2011 14:41 IST
Sachin Tendulkar

The stunned crowd though recovered quickly to give the batting maestro a standing ovation as he trudged out of the ground with India still needing 43 to reach the target of 276.

Unlike the earlier three days of the match, a sizeable crowd was present before the start of the proceedings on Wednesday in anticipation of Tendulkar's record.

The crowd surged as the morning session progressed though they could not witness what they had come for.

Playing his 182nd match, Tendulkar, who crossed 15,000 Test runs on Tuesday, batted fluently with some exquisite shots, including the drive through extra-cover boundary off pacer Ravi Rampaul.

He took 87 balls and hit two fours to score his 33 on Tuesday but he added 43 runs from just 61 balls with the help of eight boundaries on Day 4.

Now nearing Border's record of most Test half-centuries

Last updated on: November 9, 2011 14:41 IST
Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar's last international hundred was the 111 he scored against South Africa in the One-day international in Nagpur on March 12, his 48th ODI ton.

Since then, he has not scored an international hundred for four ODIs and 10 innings from five Tests. Tendulkar's last Test hundred was in the first innings of the third and final Test against South Africa in Cape Town in January when he scored 146 in India's 364 all out. That was his 51st Test ton.

Tendulkar added another feather to his hat on Wednesday on completing his 62nd Test fifty.

With that, Tendulkar went past teammate Rahul Dravid in the number of half centuries and is now just one short of equalling former Australian captain Allan Border's record of 63 Test haf-centuries.