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10,000-run Tendulkar fires India to 299-8 in third one-dayer


INDORE, India, March 31 (AFP) - Sachin Tendulkar completed 10,000 one-day runs during his 28th century to power India to 299-8 from 50 overs in the third international against Australia here on Saturday.

Tendulkar, the first to reach the five-figure mark in the history of one-day internationals, also holds the world record of centuries -- nine more than second-placed Saeed Anwar of Pakistan.

His 139 overshadowed Venkatsai Laxman's career-best 83 on a day when Australia's gamble to put India in backfired on a low, slow pitch.

Tendulkar and Laxman dominated the Australian attack with a wide range of shots, sharing a 199-run stand for the second wicket in 29.4 overs.

Tendulkar struck 19 fours in his 125-ball knock, while Laxman hit six boundaries in his second successive half-century.

The Tendulkar-Laxman partnership helped India overcome the early dismissal of Rahul Dravid who opened the innings in place of the out-of-form Sourav Ganguly.

The Indian skipper's poor run with the bat, however, continued as he fell without scoring.

Tendulkar, cautious when nearing the 10,000-mark, improvised brilliantly and exploded with a flurry of shots in the later part of his innings.

He plundered 15 runs in a Damien Martyn over and then went on to complete his century with a paddle-swept for four off Michael Bevan.

Runs came thick and fast as none of the Australian bowlers could trouble Tendulkar and Laxman.

The in-form Laxman, striking the ball firmly and fluently, was eventually caught short of the crease while going for a second run.

India continued to suffer from their poor running between wickets, as left-handed Hemang Badani, too, became a run-out victim after contributing a 25-ball 23.

There were three run-outs in the Indian innings in the last match at Pune which Australia won to level the five-match series 1-1.





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