August 2, 2002

Tendulkar impresses again at Worcester

An innings of 169 by Sachin Tendulkar, the 53rd century of his first-class career, ensured an impressive Indian total as their tour match against Worcestershire finally got under way at New Road. The first two days were washed out, but at stumps on the third the Indians had reached 417 for eight.

Tendulkar arrived at the crease following the dismissal of India's two openers, Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag, with the total on 99. He then watched as all-rounder Sanjay Bangar was caught behind off Alamgir Sheriyar for a duck without further addition.

But Tendulkar then featured in partnerships with Sourav Ganguly (24) and Rahul Dravid (53*) to ensure the tourists' recovery to a healthy total.

Jaffer (43) and Sehwag (42) made useful contributions in another outing as India's opening pair. Dravid resumed his innings on 41 after retiring at the tea interval, but there was disappointment for Ajay Ratra, who became Sheriyar's fourth victim when he was lbw for just four.

There were three catches for Jamie Pipe behind the stumps, and Harbhajan Singh entertained the New Road faithful at the end with an unbeaten 32 off just 27 balls, with five fours and a six.