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Tendulkar earns another record but India nears loss

Sachin Tendulkar and the weather held up host South Africa's charge toward victory late on day four of the first test against India at Centurion on Sunday. Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India reached 454-8 in its second innings when play was halted because of strong winds and an approaching thunderstorm.

Sachin Tendulkar and the weather held up host South Africa's charge toward victory late on day four of the first test against India at Centurion on Sunday.

Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries (100 runs or more) as India reached 454-8 in its second innings when play was halted because of strong winds at the SuperSport Park ground and an approaching thunderstorm.

Tendulkar (107 not out) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (90) led a gritty fightback for India with a 172-run partnership after the top-ranked test team had slipped to 277-6, chasing the home team's first-innings total of 620-4 declared.

But Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh were out within five balls to put South Africa on the brink of victory, with India still 30 runs behind when play ended.