By The Associated Press
GWALIOR, India – Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever double century in one-day international cricket for India against South Africa at Roop Singh Stadium on Wednesday.
Tendulkar finished with 200 not out in eclipsing the previous highest score of 194, jointly made by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry against Bangladesh in Bulawayo last August and Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar against India at Chennai in May 1997.
Tendulkar reached the landmark in the last over off 147 deliveries – featuring 25 boundaries and three sixes – and carried his bat through, helping India amass 401-3 in the allotted 50 overs.
The nearly 30,000 in the partisan crowd went delirious as he surpassed the previous highest score in one-day international.
Tendulkar’s previous best was 186 not out against New Zealand at Hyderabad in November 1999.
He plundered runs from the Proteas almost at will with some dazzling cover drives and pull shots. He picked up deliveries from outside the off stump and hit them over mid-on for sixes and fours.
Tendulkar was involved in a record 194-run second-wicket partnership for India with Dinesh Karthik, who scored 79.
An aggressive knock of 68 not out off 35 balls by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni highlighted India’s domination.
India lost Virender Sehwag early as he slashed hard at a delivery from fast bowler Wayne Parnell, trying to clear the third man boundary. He was caught by Steyn for 9.
However, Tendulkar was in sparkling form and punished Parnell for two successive boundaries in the first over he faced.
India reached 100 in 14.6 overs.
South Africa faced other problems on the field as well. JP Duminy injured his left palm as he tried to stop a powerful drive from Tendulkar on the off side in the fourth over. He later went on to bowl with a bandaged palm. He proved expensive as he came in for punishment from both Tendulkar and Karthik.
Charl Langeveldt also was hit by the ball and suffered a cut above his left. But he bowled for his side as runs rained from the blade of Tendulkar.
Parnell claimed 2-95, but the least expensive bowlers was Roelof van der Merwe with 1-62 in his 10 overs.