Mohali: Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday enjoyed an incredible run of luck as he got six lives during the cricket World Cup semifinal against Pakistan but could not cash in on the chances to complete his 100th international century.
After being dropped four times, getting a referral in his favour and surviving a stumping chance, Tendulkar finally started his walk back to the pavilion after scoring 85 runs when he was caught by Shahid Afridi off Saeed Ajmal.
Afridi`s teammates denied him Tendulkar`s wicket as the Indian opener was dropped thrice off his bowling but the Pakistan skipper finally helped his team`s cause by holding on to a chance off Ajmal in the 37th over.
The great escape story started in the 11th over when Tendulkar was ruled out leg before by on-field umpire Ian Gould off Ajmal in the fourth ball of the over but the decision was overturned following a review.
The review showed that the ball would have missed leg stump.
Batting at a score of 23, he survived a close stumping chance the next ball and Ajmal was left frustrated.
Eight balls later, Tendulkar was dropped by Misbah-ul Haq off Afridi. He was on 27 then and Afridi was left red-faced when Younis Khan spilled a chance at mid-off in the third ball of the 20th over. He was five short of his half-century at
Another frustrating moment came for Afridi in the third ball of the 30th over as stumper Kamram Akmal dropped Tendulkar. It was a tough chance behind the wicket but it was the third that Afridi had created off his bowling.
It was turn of Kamran`s brother Umar to drop Tendulkar as he failed to latch on to a pull at wide midwicket. He was on 81 then.
Tendulkar finally ran out of luck when Afridi caught an uppish drive at extra cover.
Tendulkar`s knock came off 115 balls and included 11 boundaries.