Sachin Breaks ODI Record, Slams 200 Runs

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Sachin Tendulkar breaks record for the highest score in one-day internationals

Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to make a double hundred in one-day internationals today, as he bludgeoned 200 off 147 balls against South Africa in the second one-day international in Gwalior.

The Indian batsman, know as the "Little Master", passed the previous highest score for a one-day innings of 194, held jointly by Saeed Anwar of Pakistan and Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe, in the 46th over as India headed for a massive score, but it took him four more overs to reach his landmark, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his captain, taking most of the strike.

Dhoni hit four sixes and seven fours in a thrilling cameo, making 68 off 35 balls, and if it had not been for a splendid diving stop on the boundary by Hashim Amla to deny a four off the second ball of the last over, Dhoni may have kept Tendulkar waiting even longer. Tendulkar, who was suffering from cramp during an innings of more than three and a half hours, took a single off the third ball to reach 200.

Dhoni then drove the final ball of the over, from Charles Langeveldt, down the ground for four to take India to 401 for four, the sixth highest total in one-day internationals and the most made in Gwalior by more than 100 runs.

South Africa may have been pleased with the way they started the game, dismissing Virender Sehwag, always a danger man, for nine in the fourth over, but Tendulkar is in the form of his life, 20 years after the start of his international career.

It is the fifth international hundred of the year for Tendulkar, to go with four hundreds in Tests against South Africa and Bangladesh. He now has 93 hundreds in international cricket. His previous best in one-day internationals was 186 against New Zealand in 1999.

India won the first match in the one-day series by one run on Sunday as South Africa came up short in their pursuit of 299 to win in Jaipur.

Highest individual scores in ODIs:

200* - Sachin Tendulkar, India v South Africa, February 2010

194* - Charles Coventry, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, August 2009

194 - Saeed Anwar, Pakistan v India, May 1997

189* - Viv Richards, West Indies v England, May 1984

189* - Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka v India, October 2000

188* - Gary Kirsten, South Africa v United Arab Emirates, February 1996

186* - Sachin Tendulkar, India v New Zealand, November 1999

183* - Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India v Sri Lanka, October 2005

183 - Sourav Ganguly, India v. Sri Lanka, May 1999

181* - Matthew Hayden, Australia v New Zealand, February 2007

181 - Viv Richards, West Indies v Sri Lanka, October 1987.

* - denotes not out

Wow. Wow. Wow. Sachin Tendulkas has done it again. This time he has made the highest score in an ODI. 201 Not Out. The legend lives on!

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Congrats to the Little Master. I'm glad i was able to watch the whole innings. Thought it was touch and go at the end there when Dhoni was taking most of the strike.

I could tell he was going to get a big one today from seeing his footwork early on.

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Yeah. I was ready to do something very mean to Dhoni if he did not give Sachin the strike in the last over. Dhoni did play really well though. I also saw the whole knock and loved every bit of it!

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