10) 114 (157 minutes, 126 balls, 14 fours, strike rate 90.47) in the first innings v South Africa at Mumbai on December 14, 1996: Brief score (India 267-6/50 v South Africa 193/46), India won by 74 runs. India after deciding to bat first, maintained their advantage in a one-off match, staged as a benefit for a former Test batsman Mohinder Amarnath. Batting freely on his home ground, Tendulkar made the most of the two lives to score a brisk 114. He batted for 157 minutes and hit 14 delectable fours in an innings which was interrupted by crowd disturbances. India registered handsome win as Tendulkar bagged the coveted award.
11) 104 (121 minutes, 97 balls, 8 fours, 1 six, strike rate 107.21) in the second innings v Zimbabwe at Benoni on February 9, 1997: Brief score (Zimbabwe 240-8/50 and India 241-4/39.2), India won by six wickets. With Zimbabwe two points ahead going into the last group game, India had to overtake their 240-run target in 40.5 overs or less to slip them into the final on net run-rate. That meant getting cracking early. And Tendulkar provided the same as he returned to the top of the order and to his fluent best, scoring a chanceless 104 off 97 balls which includes a six and eight fours. He once again bagged the Man of the Match award as India romped home by six wickets while reaching the target in 39.2 overs.
12) 117 (188 minutes, 137 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes, strike rate 85.40) in the second innings v New Zealand at Bangalore on May 14, 1997: Brief score (New Zealand 220-9/50 and India 221-2/42.3), India won by eight wickets. Chasing a victory target of 221, Indian batsmen found New Zealand bowling no trouble at all. Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly put on 169 in 32 overs and Tendulkar continued to complete his 12th century in one-day internationals. He had made 117 while occupying the crease for as long as 188 minutes. He was bowled out with India needing just five runs for a win. Needless to say, he pocketed the Man of the Match award.
Image: PAKISTAN, Karachi : Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar (C) comes out onto the field, accompanied by team manager Abdus Saleem (R) and coach Madan Lal (L) as spectators repeatedly threw stones at Indian players here 30 September, 1997.
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