Sachin Tendulkar passed 14,000 runs today as India tried to gain a foothold on day two of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore.
The man from Mumbai, who earlier this week was named the International Cricket Council's player of the year, reached the landmark with a cut shot off Nathan Hauritz, bringing spectators and teammates to their feet at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
He finished the day unbeaten on 44 as the home side recovered from 38 for two to reach 128 without further loss at stumps in reply to the tourists' tally of 478, in which Marcus North starred with 128.
Virender Sehwag got the home side off to a bright start in their reply with 30 off 27 balls before he was caught by Mitchell Johnson at deep square leg off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus. Johnson then accounted for Rahul Dravid for one, caught by North at third slip, which brought Tendulkar out to the middle, where he and Murali Vijay set about rebuilding India's innings.
Earlier North, under pressure to retain his place in the Aussie line-up for the Ashes, racked up a tally of 128 which featured 17 fours and a six.
Alongside half-centuries from captain Ricky Ponting (77) and Tim Paine (59), it put Australia in a strong position to square the two-Test series after suffering defeat in the opening match in Mohali. Harbhajan Singh proved to be India's most effective attacking weapon as he snared North and then wrapped up the Australian innings when Peter George was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off his spin-bowling, leaving him with figures of four for 148.
Australia resumed this morning on 285 for five and reached lunch 99 runs better off without losing a wicket. North progressed to his century in the second session but his first-session partner Paine was stumped by the Indian captain Dhoni off Pragyan Ojha with the score on 405.
Ojha struck again to trap Johnson lbw for a seventh-ball duck before Harbhajan finally dismissed North as he holed out to Shanthakumaran Sreesanth at deep midwicket.
Hauritz added 17 before he was unluckily run out by a direct hit from Cheteshwar Pujara, after the batsman lost his bat as he attempted to slide it into the crease, before George's exit at the hands of Harbhajan left Hilfenhaus stranded on 16.
India 1st Innings Murali Vijay not out 42 Virender Sehwag c Johnson b Hilfenhaus 30 Rahul Dravid c North b Johnson 1 Sachin Tendulkar not out 44 Extras: (4b,2lb,5w) 11 Total: (for two wickets) 128 Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-38. Still to bat: Cheteswar Poojara, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha. Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 9-2-18-1, Mitchell Johnson Johnson 7-2-30-1, Peter George 5-1-18-0, Nathan Hauritz 11.2-0-45-0, Michael Clarke 2-0-11-0.
Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 285 for five) Shane Watson c Dhoni b Ojha 57 Simon Katich c Dravid b Harbhajan 43 Ricky Ponting lbw b Raina 77 Michael Clarke c Raina b Harbhajan 14 Michael Hussey c Sehwag b Khan 34 Marcus North c Sreesanth b Harbhajan Singh 128 Tim Paine st Dhoni b Ojha 59 Mitchell Johnson lbw b Ojha 0 Nathan Hauritz run out (Pujara) 17 Ben Hilfenhaus not out 16 Peter George st Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 2 Extras: (b9, lb12, w1, nb9) 31 Total: (all out, 141 overs) 478 Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-113, 3-132, 4-198, 5-256, 6-405, 7-415, 8-458, 9-459, 10-478. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 23-5-84-1, S. Sreesanth 21-1-79-0, Pragyan Ojha 42-7-120-3, Harbhajan Singh 43-3-148-4 , Virender Sehwag 4-1-7-0, Suresh Raina 8-1-19-1.