Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Little Master Steals Show

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Little Master Steals Show

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SACHIN Tendulkar stole the show for India as they took a firm grip on the first test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The 35-year-old scored his 42nd test century on the way to an imposing 160 as India wracked up 520 runs in their first innings.

Things became even even better for the tourists when their bowlers took three wickets to leave New Zealand 75-3 at stumps, trailing by 166 runs in their second innings.

Daniel Flynn finished the session unbeaten on 24 - but the day undoubtedly belonged to Tendulkar.

His 260-ball innings included 26 boundaries, lasted more than six hours and was largely responsible for the demanding total posted by the Indians.

By the time Tendulkar edged to Ross Taylor in the slips in the 14th over after lunch, the Little Master had gone from his lunch score of 135 to 160.

It was a superb delivery from Iain O'Brien which forced the mistake from Tendulkar - and he fully deserved the wicket after an excellent spell which saw him take two wickets for 11 runs in four overs. …

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