Friday, February 13, 2009

ODI Centuries

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Century No: 43 [3rd ODI v NewZealand in NewZealand 20097 at Christchurch]
Match No: 425
By this time the focus was on youth power and the growing number of adventurous young batsmen who loved to score quickly and indulge in big hits freely. But Sachin a month short of his 36th birthday proved that he could hold his own amidst the youth brigade, that he had lost none of his hunger for success or his enthusiasm for the game. Tendulkar as masterly as ever raced past 100, then 150 and was eying a double hundred when he had to retire with an abdominal muscle pull at 163 (133b, 16 fours, 5 sixes). India finished at 392 for four in 50 overs and galloped to a 58-run victory.

Century No: 42 [1st Final ODI v Australia in Australia at Sydney]
Match No: 416
After a string of 90s through 2007, Sachin Tendulkar finally shrugged off the bogey and reached three-figures in the most momentous occasion. It was the first final of the CB Series at the SCG, with India set to chase 240. Often blamed for not finishing the job after getting stuck in, Tendulkar silenced his critics with an unbeaten 117 and guided India home. It was incidentally his first one-day ton on Australian soil.

Century No: 41 [2nd ODI v West Indies in India 2007 at Vadodara]
Match No: 378
In the warm-up series to the World Cup, Tendulkar produced a knock that was sensational even by his own lofty standards. He bludgeoned a 76-ball century carrying India to a mammoth 341 and ensured India won the four-match series. Despite coming in as late as the 25th over, he reached his 41st century scoring 24 runs in the last three overs.

Century No: 40 [2nd ODI v West Indies in Malaysia 2006 at Kuala Lumpur]
Match No: 364
Shrugging off a six-month injury layoff and a difficult pitch, Tendulkar carried his bat for the second time in his career with a magnificent 141 in the DLF Cup in Malaysia. With 13 boundaries and five massive sixes, the "Endulkar" headlines were consigned to oblivion. Tendulkar himself termed it a "special hundred" and Indian cricket fans were heartened to see him back at his best.

Century No: 39 [1st ODI v Pakistan in Pakistan 2006 at Peshawar]
Match No: 359
This was Tendulkar's third successive century against the Pakistanis in a losing cause. Under fire for averaging below 30 in his last 20 ODIs, Tendulkar ground out a century with only ten fours and a solitary six. This was Tendulkar playing the sheet anchor role, guarding his wicket and running hard and ensuring the team posted a formidable total.

Century No: 38 [4th ODI v Pakistan in India 2005 at Ahmedabad]
Match No: 346
A thirteen-month stretch without centuries - the longest since he made his first - gave critics the ammunition to attack Tendulkar. They were answered as Sachin, with the series delicately poised, blazed a vintage 123 off 130 balls. He was particularly severe on Danish Kaneria: using the reverse sweep to negate Kaneria's legstump line and stepping out to dispatch him to the long-on boundary.

Century No: 37 [2nd ODI v Pakistan in Pakistan 2004 at Rawalpindi (d/n)]
Match No: 330
Back to the land where the maestro started his international career as a sixteen year old (or is it young?) boy against the likes of Waqar & Wasim. India were back in Pakistan for a Test & ODI series after a gap of 14 years. India had won a thriller at Karachi and were leading 1-0 coming into this match and it was Pakistan's turn to win a thriller, but Tendulkar almost defied it with a splendid 141 off 135 balls under the lights. He sent the ball to the ropes 18 times during this innings but India failed to make 330 runs to win the match. Tendulkar won the Man-of-the-match award though Pakistan managed to level the series.

Century No: 36 [9th ODI v New Zealand in India 2003 at Hyderabad (d/n)]
Match No: 320
This was a do-or-die match for both India & New Zealand as Australia had already made it to the final of the TVS cup and the winner of this game would go ahead as the other finalist. Ganguly won the toss and opted to bat on a batting paradise. Tendulkar & Sehwag made the most and Sachin blasted his way to a magnificent 102 runs off just 91 balls with 12 fours and a six. Sehwag played second fiddle and it was a delight to watch Tendulkar take on the bowlers and score runs at will. The opening partnership of 182 laid a very good platform and India ended up with a humongous score of 353 for 5. New Zealand fell well short of the target and India went on to the final with a 145 run victory.

Century No: 35 [2nd ODI v Australia in India 2003 at Gwalior (d/n)]
Match No: 316
Sachin Tendulkar missed the triangular in Bangladesh due to an injury and so this was the next series he was playing after his phenomenal success in the World Cup. Even in the first match of this TVS cup which was washed away due to rain , Tendulkar showed glimpses of his form. He continued it here at Gwalior with a century against the World Champions. This time he had Laxman for company who also scored a hundred. Tendulkar made exactly 100 off 119 balls with 9 fours and a six - the 283 Indians got good enough to defend and India emerged winners by a comfortable margin of 37 runs.

Century No: 34 [25th ODI v Namibia in South Africa 2003 at Pietermaritzburg]
Match No: 307
Though it came against the minnows, this would be a very special hundred as it was Tendulkar's only hundred in the 2003 edition of the World Cup inspite of being the highest run-getter with 673 runs from 11 matches. This 152 was his highest score in World Cups & also his 4th century in World Cup matches. Tendulkar treated his fans with a run-feast along with his skipper Ganguly who also got a century and India posted a mammoth 311 for 2 and won by a huge margin of 181 runs.

Century No: 33 [9th ODI v Sri Lanka in England 2002 at Bristol (d/n)]
Match No: 294
The ninth match of the NatWest one-day international found Tendulkar in a rich vein of form. After Sehwag departed with the score at 73-2, Tendulkar proceeded to take command of the Indian innings in a match that pitted his team against Sanath Jayasuriya's Sri Lankans. Batting with great assurance, Tendulkar made 113 of 102 balls with 12 fours and one six. His 33rd one-day hundred went on to guide India to a massive 63-run win over the Sri Lankans. Appropriately, the little master was crowned the Man of the Match award for his efforts.

Century No: 32 [5th ODI v England in England 2002 at Chester-le-Street (d/n)]
Match No: 291
Sachin Tendulkar, batting in the middle-order, proved his adaptability by staying till the end and guiding his team to a more-than healthy total of 285-4. It was his 32nd ODI ton and justified the Indian think-tank's decision to break up the highly successful Ganguly-Tendulkar opening partnership.

Century No: 31 [9th ODI v Kenya in S.Africa 2001 at Paarl (d/n)]
Match No: 279
After India won the toss, Sachin Tendulkar in the company of Sourav Ganguly thrashed the hapless Kenyan attack all over the park. Tendulkar made 146 off 132 balls with 17 fours and Ganguly 111 of 124 balls with seven fours and three sixes, as the duo put on 258 runs before Ganguly fell. His fourth hundred against the Kenyans was also his highest against the opponents, surpassing his 140 not out made in the 1999 World Cup league game featuring the two teams.

Century No: 30 [1st ODI v S.Africa in S.Africa 2001 at Johannesburg (d/n)]
Match No: 274
Sachin Tendulkar's 30th century at The Wanderers in Johannesburg was remarkable by all accounts. After having missed out on international cricket for nearly three months, Tendulkar showed his class by scoring his first ton against South Africa away from home. He gave good support to Sourav Ganguly and put together a first wicket partnership of 193 runs in 35.2 overs. There were no signs of the injured toe troubling him in the process of gathering runs. Tendulkar is back with a bang; good news for the millions of his fans all around the world.

Century No: 29 (6th ODI v WI in Zim 2001 at Harare)
Match No: 272
Sachin Tendulkar's 29th century, but only his second against West Indies, showcased his mastery of the art of pacing an innings in the one-day game. The old firm of Tendulkar & Ganguly came good to produce a century stand (133 to be precise) after a ten match hiatus. Tendulkar maintained his vigil at the crease for the entire duration of the run chase to collect victory with 11 balls to spare. He won his 3rd Man of the Match award in 4 games of the competition and a staggering 41st overall.

Century No: 28 (3rd ODI v Aus in Ind 2000/01 at Indore)
Match No: 266
Tendulkar made 139 runs off 125 balls decorating his knock with 19 classy strokes past the ropes. This was Tendulkar's 28th ODI hundred and in the end it proved to be a match winning one. Indore went into the record books today, Tendulkar becoming the first batsman in the history of ODI cricket to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs. In the course of the Indian innings, Glenn McGrath became the third Australian to reach 200 wickets, when he bowled Vijay Dahiya for nought.

Century No: 27 (3rd ODI v Zim in Ind 2000/01 at Jodhpur)
Match No: 261
Tendulkar's belligerence was not becalmed by Ganguly's dismissal. His cover driving was quite exquisite, played with a short backlift and minimum follow through, with the ball through the field in a flash. A delicate glide off Strang went between the wicketkeeper and slip with clockwork precision. When he struck Olonga over long off for his second six, Tendulkar had reached his half century in just 37 balls and 39 minutes of exhilarating batting. He was now giving an exemplary demonstration of all the strokes in the book: a straight drive that shaved the stumps at the bowler's end, the turn of the wrists from outside off stump to the midwicket fence and the cut off the backfoot between point and cover.

Century No: 26 (Champions v SL in UAE 2000/01 at Sharjah)
Match No: 254
Tendulkar's 26th one day international century was the highlight of a generally lacklustre Indian innings. The 27-year-old batting maestro hit 101 but except for Robin Singh, none of the other batsman contributed anything substantial and India were restricted to 224 for eight in 50 overs. Four run outs compounded the Indians' agony.

Century No: 25 (4th ODI v SA in Ind 1999/00 at Vadodara)
Match No: 241
Tendulkar carried on the baton as he notched up a priceless 122, lifting India to 256/2 in the 45th over before knocking a Kallis full toss into the hands of Elworthy at mid on. Putting behind him an indifferent run in the series, Tendulkar came good when it was most needed. Although he was not at his best, Tendulkar gamely inched India closer to victory with a patient innings but when he fell with 27 still needed in 29 balls, the panic buttons were pressed. Having added 80 for the third wicket with Tendulkar, Mohd. Azharuddin (39) fell soon after, also to a full toss, and the situation boiled down to 15 needed from the last 12 balls.

Century No: 24 (2nd ODI v NZ in Ind 1999/00 at Hyderabad)
Match No: 226
Tendulkar made the highest individual ODI score by an Indian, breaking Saurav Ganguly's record of less than six months. A rollicking 186 in just 150 balls rained from the master's blade, including 27 runs in the 49th over of the innings bowled by the unfortunate Chris Drum. Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid plundered 331 for the second wicket, a record partnership for any wicket in ODIs. India raced to 376/2, their highest total in ODIs and ran out lopsided winners by 174 runs.

Century No: 23 [Aiwa Cup v SL in SL 1999/00 at Colombo (SSC)]
Match No: 221
Initially, the elegant right hander chose to score most of his runs square of the wicket but, as the innings wore on, so his placement became more complete; his cover driving and late cutting especially impressive. And, even though he did appear to be suffering increasing pain in his back (he even doubled over after thumping one lofted straight drive) the further his exhibition progressed, the signs in his spectacular return to his best were almost all good for his team and its followers.

Century No: 22 (World Cup v Ken in Eng 1999 at Bristol)
Match No: 213
Tendulkar finally reached three figures with an off-drive for two off Tikolo, to the great acclaim of the crowd. His century had taken him just 84 balls and was particularly marvellous effort considering all he has been though during the past five days. He quickly celebrated with a boundary through extra cover, and was now scoring off virtually every ball.

Century No: 21 [Champions v Zim in UAE 1998/99 at Sharjah (d/n)]
Match No: 207
In India's second league clash against the same team, Henry Olonga has the temerity to hustle out Tendulkar with a short pitched delivery. Tendulkar collects retribution in the final savaging his fastest ever century off just 71 balls. Olonga is mecifully relieved from the attack after his first spell of four overs went for 41. Tendulkar ended up on 124, almost double Saurav Ganguly's 63 as India won a crushing 10 wicket victory.

Century No: 20 [Champions v Zim in UAE 1998/99 at Sharjah (d/n)]
Match No: 204
Tendulkar blasts an unbeaten 118 off 112 balls to lift India to a seven wicket triumph in their Champions Trophy first round-robin clash against Zimbabwe.

Century No: 19 [ICC KO v Aus in BD 1998/99 at Dhaka (d/n)]
Match No: 201
As Sachin approached his century a hushed murmur in the crowd gradually grew into a buzz, and then further into a steady applause accompanied by chants of "Sachin, Sachin" as the Indian approached his century. On 99, Tendulkar pushed Lehmann out to long off, and before he had even completed the single which brought up his third successive one day hundred against Australia, the 40 thousand people packed into this stadium were on their feet, letting off firecrackers, and applauding an innings of the highest quality.

Century No: 18 (1st ODI v Zim in Zim 1998/99 at Bulawayo)
Match No: 198
On 29, a difficult chance to Whittall at mid-off went down. From then on, Tendulkar was immovable and his 18th one-day century, a new record as he passed Desmond Haynes' total of 17, seemed inevitable. He was particularly strong on the leg side, but also played a number of fine drives through extra cover. For most of his innings he was content to place ones and twos almost at will, saving boundaries only for the very loose balls. He did play a couple of other uppish strokes which landed clear of the field, but the only bowler to cause him any concern was Streak in his opening spell, who beat him on a couple of occasions.

Century No: 17 [Nidahas v SL in SL 1997/98 at Colombo (RPS) (d/n)]
Match No: 196
Tendulkar and Ganguly produce their world record stand of 252 (in 44 overs) in the final of the Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy before both are out in successive balls. Chasing 308, Sri Lanka look to be in total command of the situation at 272/4 in 43.2 overs but collapse alarmingly to lose by six runs.

Century No: 16 [CC Tri. v Ken in Ind 1997/98 at Calcutta (d/n)]
Match No: 191
Having lost to Kenya by 69 runs in the round-robin clash at Gwalior (Tendulkar making 18), India extracted revenge in the final. Chasing 197, Tendulkar smacked an unbeaten 100 from 103 balls as India cruised through in 35 overs.

Century No: 15 [CC Cup v Aus in UAE 1997/98 at Sharjah (d/n)]
Match No: 188
In the final Tendulkar made another superlative 134 off 131 balls on his birthday to ferry India home by six wickets, chasing a target of 273. He appeared in total command before falling 25 runs shy of victory to a dodgy leg before decision off Michael Kasprowicz. Tendulkar collected a glut of prizes at the end of the tourney amongst which an Opel Astra, for being Player of the Tournament, was the jewel in the crown.

Century No: 14 [CC Cup v Aus in UAE 1997/98 at Sharjah (d/n)]
Match No: 187
The famous game at Sharjah where India needed to make 276 in 46 overs to win but only 237 to qualify for the final ahead of New Zealand. Tendulkar's desire is not quenched by the minor satisfaction of qualifying. He runs amok like a runaway truck to garner 143 off just 131 balls. Tendulkar is out after seeing India through to the final with 34 still needed for victory from three overs. Once Sachin is gone, India are happy to lose by 26 runs.

Century No: 13 (Pepsi Tri v Aus in Ind 1997/98 at Kanpur)
Match No: 181
Tendulkar wallops a century in just 88 balls, including five fours and seven sixes, before holing out off Warne. It is his first century in 33 games, Tendulkar's longest drought since his maiden ton. Another massive first wicket stand with Ganguly of 175 as India win by six wickets.

Century No: 12 [Indep Cup v NZ in Ind 1996/97 at Bangalore (d/n)]
Match No: 148
Tendulkar's 117 lifts India to an eight wicket victory over the Kiwis in their maiden engagement in the Independence Cup. Chasing 221, Tendulkar and Ganguly raise 169 for the first wicket.

Century No: 11 (Std Bank v Zim in SA 1996/97 at Benoni)
Match No: 140
Tendulkar's first century outside Asia comes in the final round-robin league tie of the Standard Bank series. Chasing 241 and needing to get them in 40.5 overs to make the final, India make their requirement with nine balls to spare. Tendulkar's 97-ball blitz of 104 is made out of 158 scored while he was at the crease.

Century No: 10 [Only ODI v SA in Ind 1996/97 at Mumbai (d/n)]
Match No: 134
In this benefit game for Mohinder Amarnath - yes, the game which Hansie Cronje and Co. were offered to throw and finally rejected after much agonisation - at the fag end of South Africa's visit, Tendulkar made his first ODI century as captain. India cruised to victory by 74 runs in a game that was conferred official ODI status at the eleventh hour.

Century No: 9 [Singer WS v SL in SL 1996/97 at Colombo (RPS) (d/n)]
Match No: 120
During his 110, Tendulkar crosses Srikkanth's tally of 4092 to go into second place in the all time Indian run aggregates, behind Azharuddin. But India suffer the embarrassment of a nine wicket drubbing.

Century No: 8 (Sharjah C v Pak in UAE 1995/96 at Sharjah)
Match No: 114
India amassed their first total above 300 in ODIs on the back of a 231 run second wicket stand between Tendulkar and Sidhu, at the time India's highest partnership for any wicket. Pakistan are fined two overs for a tardy over rate and go down by 28 runs.

Century No: 7 (Singer C. v Pak in Sin 1995/96 at Singapore)
Match No: 111
Tendulkar makes an exact 100 but a rain interruption during the Indian innings sets up a revised target of 187 in 33 overs for Pakistan which they successfully pursue for the loss of just two wickets.

Century No: 6 (World Cup v SL in Ind 1995/96 at Delhi)
Match No: 106
Tendulkar races to a run-a-ball 137, India's second highest individual ODI score after Kapil Dev's famous 175. He follows it up by bowling ten overs for 41 but Sri Lanka chase down a target of 272 with eight balls to spare. It is Tendulkar's first century in a losing cause.

Century No: 5 (World Cup v Ken in Ind 1995/96 at Cuttack)
Match No: 103
In India's opening fixture of the 1996 World Cup, Tendulkar lashes an unbeaten 127, adding 163 for the first wicket with Ajay Jadeja. Kenya's first ever ODI ends in a seven wicket defeat.

Century No: 4 (Asia Cup v SL in UAE 1994/95 at Sharjah)
Match No: 96
The first of seven SRT hundreds at Sharjah. He makes an undefeated 112 off just 105 balls, in the course of which he crossed 3000 runs in ODIs, as India cruised to an eight wicket drubbing of Lanka inside 34 overs.

Century No: 3 (5th ODI v WI in Ind 1994/95 at Jaipur )
Match No: 91
Tendulkar added 117 for the second wicket with Vinod Kambli. India made 259/5 but only just scraped home by five runs.

Century No: 2 (Wills WS v NZ in Ind 1994/95 at Vadodara)
Match No: 84
Tendulkar's second century came just five games after his first but not before he had accumulated three ducks in a row in the immediate aftermath. He was run out for 115 but only after taking India to within 23 runs of a victory which they closed out by seven wickets.

Century No: 1 [Singer WS v Aus in SL 1994/95 at Colombo (RPS) (d/n)]
Match No: 79
Sachin Tendulkar's maiden ODI century came in his 79th match, against Australia at the Singer World Series in Colombo; his highest previous score was 84. He brought up three figures from 119 balls as India closed out a 31 run victory.