18) 127 not out (155 minutes, 130 balls, 13 fours, 1 six, strike rate 97.69) in the second innings v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on September 26, 1998: Brief score (Zimbabwe 213/50 and India 216-2/42.2), India won by eight wickets. India never needed to move into top gear to beat the disappointing Zimbabweans. Their eventual target of 214 never looked enough. Tendulkar, dropped on five and 29 - both times off the bowling of Mbangwa - made the Zimbabweans pay with his world record 18th ODI century. He hit 127 and eventually remained unbeaten as he became the top century-maker surpassing Desmond Haynes's record. Tendulkar won the award.
19) 141 (191 minutes, 128 balls, 13 fours, 3 sixes, strike rate 110.15) in the first innings v Australia at Dhaka on October 28, 1998: Brief score (India 307-8/50 and Australia 263/48.1), India won by 44 runs. Tendulkar excelled even himself with a stunning all-round performance. He took the Australian attack apart to score his 19th ODI century and went on to make 141 off 128 deliveries with three sixes and 13 fours. Then he took four wickets for 38 runs off 9.1 overs to settle the issue in India's favour and award in his favour.
20) 118 not out (173 minutes, 112 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes, strike rate 105.35) in the second innings v Zimbabwe at Sharjah on November 8, 1998: Brief score (Zimbabwe 196/49.5 and India 197-3/40.4), India won by seven wickets. The master batsman became the first man to score 20 one-day international centuries. Added to his 16 Test hundreds then, that made him the leading international century maker of all-time - beating the aggregate of 35 achieved by Sunil Gavaskar, Desmond Haynes and Vivian Richards. This time Tendulkar scored 118 - almost 60 percent of the total - in just 112 balls with 14 fours and 2 sixes, as India coasted home with nearly ten overs in hand. Needless to say, he won the Man of the Match award.
21) 124 not out (140 minutes, 92 balls, 12 fours, 6 sixes, strike rate 134.78) in the second innings v Zimbabwe at Sharjah on November 13, 1998: Brief score (Zimbabwe 196-9/50 and India 197-0/30), India won by ten wickets. India romped home with 20 overs and all ten wickets in hand in their 40th and last one-day internationals of 1998 (excluding two complete washouts). It was their 24th win, against 14 defeats and two no-results. Tendulkar had played in 34 of those games; and in this match he took his aggregate for the year to 1894 runs with his ninth century - both world records. He scored 124 off 92 balls, with 12 fours and six sixes. He bagged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards.
Image: SRI LANKA, Colombo : India's top scorer Sachin Tendulkar (L) smashes the ball as Sri Lankan wicket keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana (R) looks on in their Independence Cup finals at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, 07 July 1998.
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