Dream ton eludes Tendulkar yet again

Sydney: It was once again a case of so near yet so far for Sachin Tendulkar while India surrendered meekly to Michael Clarke and Co at Sydney by an innings and 68 runs. The Australians now lead the four test series by an invincible two nil.

Sachin Tendulkar whole on 80 runs, in search of that elusive 100th century, nicked a delivery from part-time left-arm spin of Michael Clarke to Michael Hussey at first slip after it bounced off gloves of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Tendulkar, unbeaten on 70 at lunch, had added 10 more runs through ones and twos when he came forward almost in a premeditated manner to Clarke and could do no better than edge a chance.

Australians had resorted to bowling Clarke and Michael Hussey from the two ends in a bid to claim the second new ball as quickly as possible. Tendulkar`s scalp just an over before the second new ball was claimed was an unexpected gift to the hosts.
Tendulkar made his 80 runs from 140 balls in 215 minutes slamming nine fours in process.