Tendulkar landmark fails to tame Tigers
Sachin Tendulkar’s historic 100th international century proved in vain as India fell to a six-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
Tendulkar had been waiting to bring up the landmark for just over a year after reaching three figures in the World Cup against South Africa 12 months ago.
Today he ended a long spell without a hundred by striking 114 to lead India to 289 for five in Mirpur.
That total was not enough, though, as Mushfiqur Rahim held his nerve with a 25-ball unbeaten 46 after Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam and Nasir Hossain had struck half-centuries.
Tendulkar got off the mark with a four - the first of 12 - off Shafiul Islam in the second over, but opening partner Gautam Gambhir inside edged the same bowler into his stumps for 11.
The Little Master continued to impress and gave an indication of his good touch by slog-sweeping Shakib Al Hasan over wide long-on for six.
His partner, Virat Kohli, was also in fine form as he typically mixed positive running with the odd boundary.
Both moved past their half-centuries before Kohli edged Abdur Razzak on to the base of leg stump having struck 66 off 82 balls.
Tendulkar endured a couple of nervy moments on the cusp of the 90s as he twice stepped out of his crease to successive Mashrafe Mortaza deliveries, but finally reached three figures off the fourth ball of the 44th over, bowled by Shakib.
Suresh Raina struck a fluent half-century, taking the pressure off Tendulkar with a couple of lofty boundaries.
Tendulkar upped the ante after reaching three figures with back-to-back fours off the next over, but Raina then departed after hitting Mortaza to Shakib at long-off.
The Little Master departed off the next delivery, edging behind on 114. After Rohit Sharma was run out, Mahendra Singh Dhoni took India to their eventual total with 21 not out from 11 balls.
In reply, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as Nazimuddin fell for five – he attempted a pull, but top-edged Praveen Kumar, Rohit taking the catch.
Tamim and Jahurul responded in fine style, running well between the wickets and finding the boundary when necessary in an impressive 113-run stand.
The latter was the first to exit, falling to Ravindra Jadeja before Tamim went for 70 attempting to cut Praveen. Shakib then produced a cameo of 49 from just 31 balls, including two sixes, to leave the game in the balance.
The win was then sealed by heroics from Nasir – who was sent back soon after bringing up his fifty – and Rahim.