Finally a year long wait for 100th hundred of Sachin Tendulkar is over now. Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 100th international century, in India’s Asia Cup ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur. The unprecedented landmark was achieved after 33 international innings without a hundred. It was Tendulkar’s 49th ODI century, his first against Bangladesh, to go with his 51 Test hundreds.
Virat Kohli milked a persevering but limited Bangladesh attack to set India up for another big total in benign conditions. Gautam Gambhir’s early dismissal was the only thing Bangladesh had going in their favour after Mushfiqur Rahim chose to bowl again.
The hosts should have had Kohli first ball in the sixth over, when Shafiul Islam struck him on the back leg in front of middle stump with an incoming delivery, but umpire Paul Reiffel remained unmoved. Kohli’s form took over after that, and with Tendulkar batting as safely as he does during some of his long Test innings, India motored along without giving Bangladesh half a chance more.
As the partnership between the duo touched 100 at the halfway mark, Bangladesh were looking flat in what is a must-win game for them. The hosts had themselves to blame for allowing Tendulkar to settle with a generous sprinkling of wide deliveries from their fast bowlers. His first four scoring shots were all boundaries, as he cashed in on width to drive and punch through the off side.