Sachin Tendulkar still chasing 100th international century

Sachin Tendulkar passed one milestone but missed out on another as India beat the West Indies by five wickets in the first Test.

Tendulkar, 38, became the first player to score 15,000 runs in Test match cricket.

But he could score only 76 before he was trapped lbw by Devendra Bishoo, leaving him to continue his pursuit of a 100th international century.

India reached 276-5 shortly after lunch on day four to secure their victory.

VVS Laxman finished unbeaten on 58, earning India a first victory in seven matches and an early lead in the three-match series.

The West Indies had enjoyed a 95-run first-innings lead but were dismissed for just 180 in their second innings and India made light work of reaching their total.

Ravichandran Ashwin, 25, took nine wickets in his first Test match for India, including six in the visitors' second innings.

Tendulkar broke the 15,000 barrier when he reached 28 not out on day three in Delhi.

The Little Master's career Test averages

  • Matches - 182
  • Runs - 15,048
  • Highest score - 248
  • Centuries - 51
  • Wickets 45
  • Bowling average - 53.68

The "Little Master" passed West Indies batsman Brian Lara's mark of 11,953 runs to become the leading Test run-scorer in 2008 and subsequently became the first cricketer in history to reach 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and now 15,000 Test runs.

He is the leading run-scorer in one-day internationals, too, and holds the record for number of international centuries scored.

Attention will now return to his bid to become the first person to score 100 international centuries, having scored 51 Test and 48 ODI centuries in 635 matches.

Tendulkar reached his 99th international hundred against South Africa at this year's World Cup in March.

Hopes were high that he would surpass the mark on India's tour of England this summer, but the Mumbai batsman struggled for form as the tourists lost the series 4-0.

A toe injury ruled him out of the home and away ODI series against England which followed.