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Tendulkar steers India to tri-series win

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his 42nd limited-overs century to lead India to a comfortable six-wicket win over Australia in the first tri-series final Sunday.

Man-of-the-match Tendulkar’s unbeaten 117 was his first one-day hundred in 39 matches in Australia.

I’m not sure why it took so long, but the timing was right tonight, Tendulkar said after the visitors scored 242-4 in reply to Australia’s 239-8, reaching the target with 25 balls to spare.

It was India’s first one-day win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 12 matches.

Rohit Sharma added 66 runs for India, who will take a 1-0 lead into the second match Tuesday at the Gabba in Brisbane. A third match, if necessary, is scheduled for Friday in Adelaide.

Dale Steyn claimed three wickets for four runs on Sunday in Chittagong on Sunday to crush Bangladesh’s top order and put South Africa on the brink of an innings victory in the second test.

Robin Peterson claimed the other two wickets as the hosts were reduced to 54 for five following on in the second innings at the end of day three, having been bowled out for 259 in the first innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim (4) and Abdur Razzak (0) will resume Monday, with Bangladesh needing a further 270 runs to make South Africa bat again.

Bangladesh resumed on Sunday at 60-3 in their first innings and at 176-4 looked capable of providing a contest after South Africa’s mammoth first innings of 583-7 declared.

But from thereon, South Africa’s pacemen Makhaya Ntini and Steyn destroyed Bangladesh’s resistance, and hospitalized Aftab Ahmed in the process. E-mail to a friend

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