14) 143 (187 minutes, 131 balls, 9 fours, 5 sixes, strike rate 109.16) in the second innings v Australia at Sharjah on April 22, 1998: Brief score (Australia 284-7/50 and India 250-5/46), India lost by 26 runs (revised target). At stake was whether India or New Zealand would join Australia in the final. Spectators and organizers were eager to avoid an all-Antipodean final, but Australia were less keen to oblige. Michael Bevan scored a century and Mark Waugh took advantage of slipshod fielding. India then had two targets: 285 to win the match and 254 to qualify on run-rate. After a dust storm accounted for four overs, these were revised to 276 and 237 respectively. Their success was thanks to a glorious 143 from Tendulkar. His highest score in limited-overs internationals and the third highest for India, took 131 balls and included nine fours and five sixes. India lost the match, but achieved their main objective with Tendulkar bagging the coveted award.
15) 134 (195 minutes, 131 balls, 12 fours, 3 sixes, strike rate 102.29) in the fourth innings v Australia at Sharjah on April 24, 1998: Brief score (Australia 272-9/50 and India 275-4/48.3), India won by six wickets. India overturned the form of the past week to win the final at a canter. And the person who made it simple for India was indeed Sachin Tendulkar who on his 25th birthday probably played one of his best innings in the instant cricket. Chasing a daunting target of 273, Tendulkar scored second successive century in three days and his 15th in the ODI. He did most of the scoring in the game and when he was third out at 248, India were just 25 runs short of win. He bagged both Man of the Match and Series awards.
16) 100 not out (156 minutes, 103 balls, 13 fours, strike rate 97.08) in the second innings v Kenya at Kolkata on May 31, 1998: Brief score (Kenya 196/46.3 and India 197-1/35), India won by nine wickets. India exacted revenge for their defeat three days earlier when they cruised to a simple win. In the one-sided game, India bagged the match with nine wickets and 15 overs to spare. Tendulkar remained unbeaten on hundred which he made in 103 deliveries and won the Man of the Match award.
Image: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Sharjah : Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) is congraluted by an Indian supporter after India beat Australia in a final match in Sharjah 24 April, 1998.
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