27) 146 (200 minutes, 153 balls, 15 fours, 2 sixes, strike rate 95.42) in the first innings v Zimbabwe at Jodhpur on December 8, 2000: Brief score (India 283-8/50 and Zimbabwe 284-9/49.5), India lost by one wicket. The Barkatullah Khan Stadium's first one-day international was a cliffhanger, with Zimbabwe snatching victory to keep the series alive. Batting first, Tendulkar hit a brilliant 146 in 153 balls with 15 hits to the boundary and two sixes to help India to post imposing score of 283 off their allotted 50 overs. However, Flower brothers helped visitors to clinch the issue with one wicket and a ball to spare.
28) 139 (197 minutes, 125 balls, 19 fours, strike rate 111.20) in the first innings v Australia at Indore on March 31, 2001: Brief score (India 299-8/50 and Australia 181/35.5), India won by 118 runs. India's total, which proved well out of Australia's range on a pitch that lost pace and bounce, was based on Tendulkar's 28th century in the one-day internationals. It made him the first batsman to pass 10,000 runs at this level, in his 266th game. Curbing his excesses for a change, Tendulkar took 66 balls over his first 50, then blazed through to his hundred from another 28. His 139 in 125 balls, including 19 fours, spanned all but 28 balls of India’s allotment. Hewent on to bag the coveted Man of the Match award.
29) 122 not out (210 minutes, 131 balls, 12 fours, I six, strike rate 93.12) in the second innings v West Indies at Harare on July 4, 2001: Brief score (West Indies 229-5/50 and India 230-4/48.1), India won by six wickets. India were chasing a target of 230 runs. Sourav Ganguly and Tendulkar opened the innings and were associated in 133-run stand in 26 overs. The former piled his 29th one-day century, hitting 12 fours and a six in his 131-ball 122, to claim his third match award in four games. India in the end comfortably won the match with eleven deliveries in hand.
30) 101 (209 minutes, 129 balls, 9 fours, strike rate 78.29) in the first innings v South Africa at Johannesburg on October 5, 2001: Brief score (India 279-5/50 and South Africa 280-4/48.2), India lost by six wickets. Sourav Ganguly and Tendulkar hit centuries to help India to the biggest total in a one-day international at the Wanderers but, with India's former coach Garry Kirsten in marvelous form, South Africa immediately broke that record with ten balls to spare on a batting paradise. The pair put on 193 runs for the opening wicket. Tendulkar was playing in his first international since a foot injury in July. Though Tendulkar went on to his 30th ODI ton, the innings slowly lost its fizz as India lost the game by six wickets with ten balls to spare.
Image: INDIA, Chennai : Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar hits a ball to the boundary to score 50 runs in six overs during a One Day International between India and Australia 23 March 2001 to benefit victims of the Gujarat earthquake.
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