As if his immortal innings wasn't enough to make his countrymen cry and party all night, Tendulkar gave all of us a lesson how to live life, by shining India's name on world stage.
Sachin's first two fours, typical leg flick to midwicket and then classical square drive, hinted MS Dhoni had won a golden toss in this second ODI at Gwalior as ball crossed boundary ropes lightingly and he made up his mind to bat out full quota of overs. Opening partner Virendra Sehwag carelessly threw away his wicket (caught at deep third man) but in form Dinesh Karthik made the perfect foil for Tendulkar, defending solidly and attacking butcherly and running single and doubles rapidly. With just 65 yard square baundaries, there were no 3s available today at captain Roop Singh stadium and Sachin raised his 94th ODI fifty from 37 balls. Dinesh Karthik bettered his best score but couldn't continue upto century but Yousuf Pathan's promotion helped Tendulkar as Indians called for batting powerplay in the 34th over out of which 63 runs were made. Tendulkar's first hundred runs came off 90 balls.
MS Dhoni came next, at number 5, and started eating up strike, allowing Tendulkar regain his concentration at non-striking end and plan how he's gonna make next 50 runs when at 150 from 118 balls.
Sachin Tendulkar's second hundred runs came off just 57 balls, as India mounted 100 more runs from last 8.5 overs, propelling India to 401 for 3 wickets, now the 9th highest one day total, and becoming first team to make 400+ scores thrice.
South African chase was never in hunt after Indian pacers ate up for 6 wickets at 103 run mark. AB de Villiers played a lone hand, scoring his 4th ODI century and taking visitors pst 200 run mark.
The scoresIndia 401 for 3 wkts in 50 overs
Tendulkar 200*, Karthik 79, Dhoni 68*
South Africa 248 all out in 42.5 overs
AB de Villiers 114*, S Sreesanth 3/49
Full scorecard : Ind v SA, 2nd oneday.