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20 April 2024

Tendulkar misses 100th ton again

Australia's Matthew Wade is bowled by Rahul Sharma of India during game one of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday in Australia. (GETTY)


Sachin Tendulkar again missed out on reaching his 100th international century when he was dismissed for two in India's tri series one-day international with Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Tendulkar has now gone without a century for 26 Test and one-day innings. His last hundred (111) was in the World Cup last March.

He was caught by Ricky Ponting off left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc after just six balls in his latest batting failure.

Earlier, debutant Matthew Wade clubbed 67 and David Hussey a brisk unbeaten 61 as Australia reached 216 for five off 32 overs in their rain-reduced innings.

Wicketkeeper Wade followed up his big-hitting 72 in the Twenty20 series with a belligerent 67 off 69 balls with two sixes and four fours to push the home side to a competitive total after rain reduced the scheduled 50-overs a side game.

David Hussey followed up with a sprightly 61 off 30 balls, including two sixes in the final over off Ravindra Jadeja to have the Australians scoring at 6.75 runs an over.

Australia were 35 for two after 11 overs when rain hit the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

But the home side came out blazing after the weather interruption adding 181 in 21 overs.

Paceman Ranganath Vinay Kumar was the best of India's bowlers with three for 21 off seven overs, while the spinners were clobbered.

Ravi Ashwin went wicketless for 48 from his five overs, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma had one for 44 off 6.2 overs and Jadeja had 41 taken off 16 balls.

India had some early joy, removing the dangerous David Warner for eight, going for a slog only to be bowled by Vinay Kumar, while Ricky Ponting went for two after hitting straight to Suresh Raina at short extra cover off Kumar.


(match reduced by rain to 32 overs a side):

M. Wade   b Rahul Sharma                   67
D. Warner  b Vinay Kumar                    6
R. Ponting  c Raina b Vinay Kumar           2
M. Clarke  c Rahul Sharma b Rohit Sharma   10
M. Hussey  c Kohli b Vinay Kumar           45
D. Hussey   not out                        61
D. Christian    not out                    17
Extras (lb2, w4, nb2)                       8)                            Total (5 wickets for; 32 overs)           216
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Warner), 2-19 (Ponting), 3-49 (Clarke), 4-122 (Wade), 5-154 (M. Hussey)
Bowling: Kumar 7-0-35-0 (1w), Vinay Kumar 7-0-21-3, Kohli 1-0-4-0 (1w), Raina 1-0-4-0, Ashwin 5-0-48-0, Rohit Sharma 2-0-17-1, Rahul Sharma 6.2-0-44-1 (1w), Jadeja 2.4-0-41-0 (2nb, 1w)

Toss: India

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)