Irani Cup: ROI take lead despite Tendulkar's 81st first-class ton

Nightwatchman S Sreesanth batting on seven is giving company to Murali Vijay, who is unbeaten on 18. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck.

updated: February 08, 2013 19:33 IST
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Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar tuned up brilliantly for the upcoming Test series against Australia by hitting a record equalling 81st first-class century but couldn't prevent Mumbai from conceding first-innings lead to Rest of India on the third day of the Irani Cup match in Mumbai on Friday.

Tendulkar looked in fantastic touch as he hit a sparkling unbeaten knock of 140 off 197 balls to level Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record of 81 first-class hundreds. In the process, the 39-year-old also completed 25,000 runs in first-class cricket.

However, Tendulkar ran out of partners as Mumbai were all out for 409 thereby conceding a sizeable first innings lead of 117 runs. In the second essay, Rest of India were 27 for one at stumps which enhanced their lead to 144 runs and they have nine wickets in hand.

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