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March 16, 2012

Bangladesh pips India, spoils Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century party

Tendulkar ecstatic after 100th ton
Sachin Tendulkar finally managed to score his 100th century but the party was spoiled as a resurgent Bangladesh chased 289 and trounced India in the scintiallating Asia Cup match at Mirpur.

India's shocking defeat evoked sharp reactions from across the country. The day was being awaited for long as Master Blaster hadn't reached three figures for ages.

India batted first and reached 289 thanks to quickfire 51 by Suresh Raina and Dhoni (21) in the end. Tendulkar was steady in hsi approach and reached 100. The nation erupted in joy and top leaders congratulated him. However, within hours the mood turned gloomy. Indian pacers bowled pathetically.

The full toss balls were sent to fence again and again. The Bangaldesh team won the match in the last over. A monumental moment that had led to celebrations suddenly led to shock and silence across the country where millions were watching the match that ended in a humiliating defeat.

Earlier, Sachin had scored his century (114) off 147 balls. He played slowly throughout the innings. The pressure on him to reach the milestone clearly showed on him. There were suggestions that he was dragging himseld like Kapil Dev and should retire without looking for personal records.

After all, Rahul Dravid, who debuted much later than Tendulkar, hung his boots recently. Till the 40th over, it seemed India would win the match. But Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan bowled loosely. Praveen Kumar, when brought again, in the later overs couldn't bowl well either.

Bangaldesh batsmen kept their heads down and snatched victory. They won the match by five wickets, ending with 293. The shameful defeat once again strengthens a notion that India often loses when Sachin Tendulkar plays well or hits a century.

It was in this much-awaited match that cricket legend Sachin, 38, who had till now scored 99 international hundreds including 51 test match and 48 one day international matches, reached the milestone which no other cricket player may achieve in future. Sadly, just like Bradman his last match ended in anti-climax.

TIH Bureau

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