India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar misplays a delivery from South Africa's bowler Paul Harris as wicketkeeper Mark Boucher looks on during the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar misplays a delivery from South Africa's bowler Paul Harris as wicketkeeper Mark Boucher looks on during the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar avoids a bouncer from South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar avoids a bouncer from South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket of India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fourth day of the first cricket test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket of India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fourth day of the first cricket test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's Ashwell Prince touches the rope as he slides to field off a shot from India's batsman Rahul Dravid on the third day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's Ashwell Prince touches the rope as he slides to field off a shot from India's batsman Rahul Dravid on the third day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis celebrates with teammate Hashim Amla the wicket of India's batsman Suresh Raina on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis celebrates with teammate Hashim Amla the wicket of India's batsman Suresh Raina on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's Abraham Benjamin de Villiers lies on the ground after he was hit on the knee by a shot from India's batsman Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman as teammate Mark Boucher tends to him on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's Abraham Benjamin de Villiers lies on the ground after he was hit on the knee by a shot from India's batsman Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman as teammate Mark Boucher tends to him on the fourth day of the first test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn jumps as he attempts fielding off his own bowling on the fourth day of the first test match against India at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP
South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn jumps as he attempts fielding off his own bowling on the fourth day of the first test match against India at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion. Photo: AP

Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 test centuries as India held up South Africa's march toward victory on day four of the first test at Centurion on Sunday. Tendulkar pushed a drive through extra-cover for a single soon after tea to move to 100 not out off 197 balls and his landmark century.

The 37-year-old, who made his first test hundred as a 17-year-old against England in 1990, is now 11 centuries ahead of his closest competitor - Australia's Ricky Ponting. Tendulkar had reached 14 500 test runs in his 175th match when he went to 99 in the same over off Dale Steyn.