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Chennai Super Kings batsman George Bailey starred in a 64-run win for Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series against West Indies at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingston. Bailey’s 48-run knock helped his side defend a modest score of 204 against the hosts.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia got off to a relatively decent start with Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner scoring a 55-ball 40. However, regular strikes from Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo (three for 58) and Pune Warriors India’s Marlon Samuels (two for 29) kept the Australian scoring rate in check.
However Bailey, pushed the Australian score beyond 200 as he battled it out for 91 minutes to score a 67-ball 48. Deccan Charger’s Daniel Christian also chipped in with an unbeaten 18.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty helped the Australian cause and took four for 49. Even Christian and Mumbai Indians pacer Clint McKay chipped in two wickets each as the hosts were bowled out for 140 in 32.2 overs. The only notable contributions from the West Indies top order came from Samuels (35) and Bravo (32). The rest of the batsmen faltered and failed to make any significant contributions.
The second ODI of this series will be played at the same venue on March 18.
Brief scores: Australia 204/8 in 50.0 overs (George Bailey 48, David Warner 40, Dwayne Bravo 3/58) beat West Indies 140/10 in 32.2 overs (Marlon Samuels 35, Xavier Doherty 4/49) by 64 runs.
Batting legend creates history with much-anticipated hundred
By IPL desk
Mirpur 16 March 2012
Indian batting legend, and Mumbai Indians captain, Sachin Tendulkar made cricketing history in Mirpur scoring his hundredth century in international cricket. The momentous feat came in the fourth match of the Asia Cup, against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Opening the innings for India with Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar scored his century off 138 balls on a good batting track. The Little Master reached the magical figure after nudging Shakib Al Hasan for a single in the 44th over of the match. The 100th ton came exactly one year and five days after his 99th international century, against South Africa in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. The 38-year-old now stands alone as far as batting records are concerned, his latest ton etching his name in world cricket’s folklore.
Tendulkar acknowledged his feat in the way he marks every batting landmark – by raising his bat and looking skyward. On this occasion, Tendulkar was visibly overcome with emotion even as he ran the momentous single. A long look heavenwards, an acknowledgement of the dressing room and spectators, and the master was back to business.
Tendulkar was eventually dismissed on 114 trying to up the scoring rate. He edged a Mashrafe Mortaza delivery to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim in the 47th over, bringing an end to an innings that will long remain the toast of the cricketing fraternity. Tendulkar has now amassed 49 ODI centuries and 51 Test tons, an achievement that could well remain unsurpassed in the game’s history.