Tendulkar ton takes Mumbai to 182

An unbeaten century by Sachin Tendulkar lifted Mumbai to 182 against Kochi in an IPl league game at Mumbai on Friday. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Sachin Tendulkar smashed his maiden twenty20 century, a brilliant unbeaten 100 in 66 balls, to pilot Mumbai Indians to an imposing 182 for two against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League here on Friday.

Tendulkar, who car

ried on his superb form in the World Cup into the T20 League, slammed three sixes and eight fours, and put on a stand of 116 runs in just over ten overs with Ambati Rayudu, who played a blinder of an innings while making 53 in 33 balls with four sixes and three fours.

The duo, which had stitched a match-winning partnership in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, were in absolute command during their rip-roaring second wicket stand after the home team was asked to bat first on a wicket that had bounce and seam movement initially.

The second wicket pair joined forces after Tendulkar and Davy Jacobs (12) put on 61 for the first wicket, and were not separated till Rayudu was run out in the last over.

Tendulkar went on to complete his first-ever hundred in the T20 league with a four, a six and a single off Vinay Kumar’s final ball who gave away a whopping 48 runs in his four overs.

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