Sachin Tendulkar has hit his 44th Test century in the opening Test of Indo-Bangladesh series even as the team India crashed to their lowest ever total of 243 against Bangladesh, reported AFP.
Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 105 just when his team desperately needed runs after a below-par batting performance against a disciplined Bangladeshi attack on Sunday, said report.
Earlier, India’s lowest total in a completed innings against Bangladesh was 429 in Dhaka in 2000.
Report said that till lunch, score of Bangladesh was 21 for no loss, with Tamim Iqbal scoring all the runs.
Earlier in the morning, Indian, which was reeling at 213-8 in their first innings on Sunday, lost remaining two wickets in less than eight overs as left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain claimed five wickets each, report said.
With only tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth to give him company, Tendulkar went for shots early in the morning in pursuit of his century.
He pulled Shahadat for a four in the first over after play started 90 minutes late due to fog and then hoisted Shakib over long-on for a six, said report
Tendulkar, 76 overnight, was on 93 when last-man Sreesanth joined him and completed his century with two successive fours off Shahadat. His 166-ball knock contained two sixes and 11 fours.
Shahadat was the first to strike when he had Sharma caught behind for one and then Shakib dismissed Sreesanth in the eighth over.
Shakib grabbed 5-62 for his sixth haul of five or more wickets in Tests and Shahadat took 5-71 for his third.