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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-16

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar made history on Friday when he became the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries. The 39-year-old hit his 100th ton in an Asian Cup match against Bangladesh after being stuck on 99 for over a year.

AFP - Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar hammered a long-awaited 100th international century on Friday to lift India to 289-5 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Dhaka.

The memorable moment came in the 44th over when he turned left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to square-leg for a single to become the first batsman to score a century of centuries.

The celebrations, however, were subdued as the master batsman removed his helmet, raised his bat and looked at the sky, before being congratulated by non-striker Suresh Raina and Bangladeshi fielders.

Tendulkar, who turns 39 next month, already holds four major batting records -- maximum runs and centuries in both Tests and one-day internationals.

Timing and placement marked Tendulkar's 147-ball gem, studded with one six and 12 fours. He put on 148 for the second wicket with Virat Kohli (66) and 86 for the third with Raina (51).

He was dismissed in the 47th over, caught behind while attempting to drive paceman Mashrafe Mortaza and returned to the pavilion to a standing ovation from some 20,000 fans at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Tendulkar was at his aggressive best at the start, fluently driving paceman Shafiul Islam through the covers and then hitting Mortaza for two boundaries. His next two scoring strokes were also fours.

Tendulkar did not spare even the slow bowlers, hoisting Shakib over long-on for the first six of the match and then smashed the spinner for a four to complete his half-century.

Tendulkar, who now has 51 hundreds in Tests and 49 in one-dayers, had kept his fans waiting for the milestone since cracking his 99th ton -- a 111 against South Africa in the World Cup at Nagpur on March 12, 2011.

He went 21 Test innings and 12 one-day internationals without a three-figure knock since then, despite twice entering into the 90s in Tests.

India, who beat Sri Lanka by 50 runs in their opening match, need a win to qualify for the final.

Pakistan are virtually assured of a place in the final after beating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their opening two games.

Date created : 2012-03-16


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