SACHIN TENDULKAR scored the first century of India's South African tour as his country strolled to an 80-run victory in the opening match in Randfontein yesterday. Tendulkar scored 100 not out off 92 balls, with 17 fours and a six, as India declared at 207 for 6. Chetan Sharma, their seam bowler, then took a hat-trick as Nicky Oppenheimer's XI were dismissed for 127.
JAVED MIANDAD, who led Pakistan to a 2-1 victory in their recent Test series in England, has been retained as captain for next year.
TOUR MATCH (Randfontein, SA): India 207 for 6 (52 overs); (A Jadeja 50, S R Tendulkar 100no; Kourie 4-50); Nicky Oppenheimer XI 127 (41.3 overs) (Raju 4-11). India won by 80 runs.