6) 137 (198 minutes, 137 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes, strike rate 100.00) in the first innings v Sri Lanka at Delhi on March 2, 1996: Brief score (India 271-3/50 and Sri Lanka 272-4/48.4), India lost by six wickets. This is the first instance when India lost the match after Tendulkar amassed hundred. After being sent in, India made healthy looking score of 271 for three in their allotted 50 overs. India began batting in light mist, after play was delayed 15 minutes by dew on the outfield, and took 25 overs to score 100. After a short rain-break, the final 11 overs brought 105, thanks to Tendulkar who made run-a-ball 137. However, India’s target was found wanting as Sanath Jayasuriya and Hasan Tillakaratne made 79 and 70 not out respectively.
7) 100 (125 minutes, 111 balls, 9 fours, 1 six, Strike rate 90.09) in the first innings v Pakistan at Singapore on April 5, 1996: Brief score (India 226-8/47 and Pakistan 190-2/28), India lost by eight wickets (revised target). The loss in the rain truncated match resulted in India being ousted from the final. The Indian innings was dominated by 111-ball century from Tendulkar - his first against arch-rival Pakistan and seventh in one-day internationals. But he got bogged down as he neared the landmark, and so did his side. Pakistan’s front line batsmen led the foundation of the impressive victory.
8) 118 (134 minutes, 140 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes, strike rate 84.28) in the first innings v Pakistan at Sharjah on April 15, 1996: Brief score (India 305-5/50 and Pakistan 277/46.1), India won by 28 runs. India passed 300 for the first time in one-day cricket to set up a satisfying win. It was rooted in a 231-run stand between Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu - then Indian all-wicket record in limited-overs internationals. Tendulkar was intent on building an innings after scoring just three in India's previous two defeats. The tempo of the innings rose after his classical display. India won the match handsomely and Tendulkar the award.
Image: Sri Lankan wicket keeper Lanka de Silva reacts as he takes a catch to dismiss Indian Skeipper Sachin Tendulkar for 39 in the third and final one-day international match, 24 August, 1997.
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