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The MASTER is back with a bang but India loose the match beacuse of the lousy Duckworth-Lewis method that came into play after the much talked weather showed its colors. No matter what the venue, an anticipatory buzz accompanies Sachin Tendulkar’s every walk to the middle. And even though only a few hundred turned up at the Kinrara Oval on a gloomy afternoon, there was no mistaking the eagerness with which they settled into their seats once it was known that India would bat. Sachin Tendulkar dismissed any doubts of form and fitness as he registered his 40th One-Day International hundred against the West Indies, in the second match of the DLF Cup tri-series in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

But his comeback hundred was overshadowed by the result: a 29-run victory for the West Indies courtesy the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Electing to bat, India scored 309 for 5. In reply, the West Indies raced to 141 for 2 before rain stopped play. When the D/L calculation was made, the West Indies needed 112 for the loss of two wickets in 20 overs.

The 33-year-old Tendulkar, playing his first ODI since February, hammered five sixes and 13 fours to score an unbeaten 142 from 148 balls. He was well-supported by Rahul Dravid (26), Irfan Pathan (65) and Suresh Raina (34).

The West Indies had lost the first match of the tournament, going down by 72 runs to Australia on Tuesday.

 

Sources: – Rediff & Cricinfo

 

 

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