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Sachin Tendulkar eyeing his 100th and first ODI ton against Bangladesh

Dhaka, Mar 15 (): Indian master batsman Sachin Tendulkar with a new hair style, practiced in the nets at the optional practice session.

Sachin struggling in form faced spinners Yusuf Pathan and Rahul Sharma, besides some medium-pacer bowling from new bowling coach Joe Dawes, at the nets. It was Dawes’ first day at office with the Indian team. As there is no pacers were there, he enjoyed bowling to Tendulkar. “It was good fun bowling to Sachin. A very good beginning to my stint,” Dawes told reporters.

The master batsman fine-tuned his trickle towards third-man with mixed results against Yusuf and when he tried to defend, a delivery struck his bat and then bounced past the stumps triggering mirth in the off-spinner. He stuck around and immensely enjoyed himself with a cat-and-mouse spell of leg spin bowling to Rahul Sharma.

First, he tested each of the bats Rahul had carried out, and picked out the best one for Rahul to use. He sent down a ripping leg break that Rahul tried to clobber from the nets to the main Shere Bangla ground.

India will play their next game after two days, but Tendulkar, who has never scored an ODI century against Bangladesh, perhaps wants to correct the anomaly when the two countries clash on Friday.

Batting legend has played ODIs against 15 countries, but Bangladesh is the only Test-playing nation against whom he has not played a three-figure knock in 11 One- Day Internationals. If he hits a ton on Friday it will give him the much-awaited 100th ton and the first one against the neighbouring country.

Tendulkar made his debut in 1989, Tendulkar has already played more Tests and one-day matches than anybody else. Whenever asked why he continues to play, Tendulkar invariably says he does because he still loves the game and enjoys it.

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