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Tendulkar makes history in Mohali

Posted October 17, 2008 20:07:00
Updated October 17, 2008 20:39:00

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his world record

Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the crowd after becoming the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket (AFP: Manan Vatsyayana)

Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket as India moved to 4 for 177 just after tea on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Mohali.

Tendulkar surpassed West Indian gun Brian Lara's tally of 11,953 runs with an edge to third man off the bowling of Peter Siddle to send the home crowd into rapturous applause after a period of Australian dominance in the second session.

Tendulkar, who now averages over 54 from 152 matches, moved to 16 not out and was warmly congratulated by the Australian team as fireworks were set off in the ground to mark the historic occasion.

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The 35-year-old batting ace moves to the top of the Test scoring list ahead of Lara and Australian pair Allan Border (11,174 runs) and Steve Waugh (10,927).

Tendulkar already owns the run-scoring record in one-day internationals, as well as the most centuries in both forms of the game.

Before Tendulkar's heroics a clinical bowling display from Brett Lee (1 for 45) and Mitchell Johnson (3 for 48) in the second session payed handsome dividends as the Australians claimed three wickets in less than five overs to take control of the match after a poor start.

Lee and Johnson took the key wickets of Gautam Gambhir (67) and Rahul Dravid (39) in the space of five minutes in the middle session.

VVS Laxman followed soon after, lasting just 19 balls before becoming Johnson's third victim as he edged behind to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 12.

After the home side scored at more than four runs an over in the opening session to reach 1 for 104 at lunch, the Australians restricted the Indians to just 42 runs in the next 16 overs after the interval to get right back in the contest.

The runs dried up and the pressure eventually told as Lee dismissed Dravid in the 41st over and Johnson claimed the scalp of Gambhir two balls later to leave the Indians 3 for 148.

Lee had Dravid playing on to his stumps attempting to cut a ball too close to his wicket, while Johnson drew Gambhir into a false stroke outside off stump that presented a simple take for Haddin behind the stumps.

Lightning start

After regular captain Anil Kumble ruled himself out of the game with a shoulder injury, stand-in Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.

Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gambhir immediately set about justifying their captain's decision to bat first, scoring 70 runs off just 14 overs before the partnership ended.

Gambhir had reached his seventh Test half-century by lunch with an unbeaten 53, with Dravid up the other end on 11.

Sehwag was the only man out for the home side in the opening session, plundering six boundaries before being caught behind by Haddin off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for 35 off just 36 balls.

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