Tendulkar fires world record ODI double ton

Tendulkar celebrates after scoring his double century. (AFP)

India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century in one-day internationals yesterday.

He achieved the feat in the second one-dayer against South Africa.

Tendulkar, who holds the record for most runs and centuries in test and one-day cricket, made 200 not out to guide the home team to 401-3 in 50 overs.

Tendulkar reached 200 with a single off Charl Langeveldt in the final over of the game, having earlier broken the world record for the highest individual innings of 194 jointly held by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry. Anwar made that score against India in May 1997 while Coventry hit 194 not out against Bangladesh last year.

Tendulkar was involved in solid partnerships with Dinesh Karthik (79), Yusuf Pathan (36) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67 not out) as India put South Africa's attack to the sword.

The home side finished with a massive 401 for three, leaving the visitors with a sizeable task in a match they must win to square the series.

Tendulkar began his innings with boundaries on either side of the wicket off Parnell and thereafter hammered the bowlers around the park with a dazzling array of cuts, pulls and drives.

He re?ached his 50 off only 37 balls with his ninth boundary and struck five more en route to his 46th ODI century, which he raised off a mere 90 deliveries.

Tendulkar raised the highest individual score in one-day cricket, going past the previous mark of 194 jointly held by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry, by hitting Parnell for a couple of runs. He reached the mark off only 140 deliveries, hitting 25 boundaries and three sixes along the way.

 

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