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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 March, 2005, 11:11 GMT
Tendulkar denied century record
First Test, Mohali, day three (stumps):
India 447-6 v Pakistan 312

Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a record 35th Test century as India built a lead over Pakistan in the first Test.

Tendulkar was caught off Naved-ul-Hasan for 94, with his eyes on passing Sunil Gavaskar's 34 Test tons and just 27 away from reaching 10,000 career runs.

With VVS Laxman making 33 not out, the home side reached 447-6 by stumps on day three, taking a lead of 135.

Tendulkar's innings overshadowed that of Virender Sehwag, whose 173 put India in the driving seat in Mohali.

All of us in the dressing room were eagerly waiting for the world record
Virender Sehwag

There was early joy for Pakistan in the morning when Mohammad Sami had Rahul Dravid caught for 50, ending a 103-run stand for the second wicket.

Tendulkar benefitted from a dubious bat-pad decision off Danish Kaneria on eight and, along with Sehwag, rubbed salt into Pakistan's wounds with some flashy strokeplay in a partnership of 118.

Sehwag had faced 244 balls, with 19 fours and two sixes, when he mistimed a pull off Abdur Razzaq to be caught at mid-on.

But with Sehwag went India's frantic pace and Pakistan, with Kaneria shouldering the bulk of the burden bowling 33 overs without a break, exerted pressure.

Sehwag celebrates
Sehwag completed his ninth Test ton early in the day

Before lunch, India scored 134 runs but in the two sessions that followed they managed just 129, their hold on the match slipping as time went on.

Captain Sourav Ganguly was in indifferent form, surviving a catch off a no ball on 20 and a drop at gully the following ball, but fell to Kaneria without capitalising.

Tendulkar stalled in the 80s but moved within a shot of three figures sweeping Kaneria fine down the leg side.

However, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq finally took the new ball, and three deliveries later saw Tendulkar caught at gully having played across the line.

An elite group of Gavaskar, Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Brian Lara have passed the mark of 10,000 Test runs.

Tendulkar already holds the one-day international records for runs, with 13,497, and centuries, with 37.

As rain clouds gathered late in the day, Sami took his 50th Test wicket when wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik whipped to square leg, before Laxman gained some late boundaries.

Irfan Pathan was with him at the close, having just got off the mark.


India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman, Dinesh Karthik, Ifran Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Laxmipathy Balaji.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Umpires: D Hair (Aus), R Koertzen (SA).


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