Sachin Tendulkar returns to his home venue for the 3rd Test against the West Indies and has completed his Half-Century on Thursday afternoon, amid the pressure of hope of hitting 100th international ton at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, India.
After fall of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid took India over 100 in reply of West Indies’ first innings total of 590 runs.
Everyone at the Wankhede is keenly waiting for the Master to deliver his elusive 100, when India takes on the West Indies in the third and final Test. Indian batting maestro walked down in the middle to bat.
Earlier, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir scored half-century (55 runs in 99 balls) to rescue India after Virender Sehwag’s early departure. Pacer-blower Ravi Rampaul sent out Gautam Gambhir, who once again unsuccessful to unite on good start.
India received first shock as West Indies captain Darren Sammy dismissed Virender Sehwag for 37 runs in 50 balls. Sehwag failed to consolidate on good start and returned to pavilion, after giving flying start to India.
On the other hand, Rahul Dravid missed another Test hundred, as he was dismissed by Samuels for 82 runs in 149 balls. Rahul Dravid completed his 13, 000 Test successful runs, when he scored 21 runs in the match.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told about the plans for the celebration of Tendulkar’s 100th century will firm up only, after Tendulkar reaches the landmark. Dhoni said at the beginning of the series against West Indies stating, let him get to the century and then we will decide how to celebrate it.
Sachin Tendulkar has only one Test hundred at the Wankhede stadium. Way back in December 1997 year, over Sri Lankan team, he scored 148 runs. After that, the venue bizarrely has not been a very happy playing ground for him. A century in this Mumbai Test can be a good way to make amends.