Sachin Tendulkar falls short again

Sachin Tendulkar
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Sachin Tendulkar once again falls short of his 100th international century after being dismissed for 73 on day two of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th international century continues after he was dismissed for 73 in the closing stages of the second day's play of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Tendulkar, the all-time leading scorer in Test cricket, was bowled by Peter Siddle in the final over of the day as India closed on 214-3.

Earlier in proceedings, Australia had posted a first-innings total of 333, adding 56 to their overnight total.

Day one's unbeaten pair Brad Haddin (27) and Siddle (41) fell to veteran seamer Zaheer Khan, who finished with figures of 4-77.

While Gautam Gambhir fell early in the Indian innings, Virender Sehwag (67) smashed a trademark quickfire half-century.

Rahul Dravid (68*) and Tendulkar put on a century stand for the third wicket before Siddle dismissed the latter to once again deny the Indian batsman his historic landmark.

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