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Tendulkar scores 74 in his final test match

Tendulkar scores 74 in his final test match
Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar's dazzling strokeplay in what is likely to be his farewell innings dominated the proceedings as his majestic 74 helped India take total control of the second cricket Test against the West Indies here today. 

At lunch, India cruised to 282 for three stretching their lead to exactly 100 runs as Cheteshwar Pujara, batting on 85, looked good for a big knock with Virat Kohli (36 batting) for company. 

Tendulkar and Pujara added 144 runs for the third wicket to lay foundation for a big first score as another three-day finish to a Test match looks imminent. 

The morning session belonged to none other than Tendulkar, who is playing his 200th and final Test match. 

Starting the day on 38, the maestro looked fluent during his 68-minute stay at the wicket on the day. He faced 118 balls in all, hitting 12 boundaries, all of which were pure class. 

All roads led to Wankhede today in anticipation of a century but on 74, it was offie Narsingh Deonarine, who got one to bounce that bit extra as Tendulkar tried a cut shot which ended in rival captain Darren Sammy's hands in the first slip. 

Deonarine's name will certainly feature in the record books for years to come as it is unlikely that West Indies will be able to get India to bat a second time on a pitch that has shown considerable wear and tear. 

However, the time he was at the crease was pure unbridled joy for all those who witnessed a 'Vintage Tendulkar' on display.  

With Pujara playing an ideal second fiddle by rotating the strike, Tendulkar played some delightful strokes that were taken out of the top drawer. 

His late cut off Shane Shillingford, a backfoot punch through the covers off Tino Best and the drive past Best that brought up his half-century were pure class. 

It was Tendulkar's 68th Test half-century that came in 91 deliveries. 

Best, who first tried to unsettle Tendulkar with bouncers and then with verbal volleys surrendered in the end as he had hands on his knees at the end of one of his overs. 

It was Tendulkar who gave him a friendly pat on the shoulders probably to remind "who's the boss today". 

The hallmark of Tendulkar's innings was his assured footwork, leaving a lot of fuller deliveries outside the off-stump and getting the body behind the ball while executing those drives. 

Probably, being pressure free helped him to go for his strokes as each and every strokeattack or defence were lustily cheered by a vociferous crowd. 

Credit should also be given to Pujara, who kept his composure as the atmosphere was very overwhelming and emotionally over-riding too. 

He nudged around and when he got loose deliveries, he didn't forget to punish them. He completed his 50 off 77 deliveries with five fours and hit 10 fours in his unbeaten knock of 85 off 126 balls. 

Kohli also looked solid during his hour long stay at the crease as he hit some crisp drives adding 61 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand