37) 141 (173 minutes, 135 balls, 17 fours, 1 six, strike rate 104.44) in the second innings v Pakistan at Rawalpindi on March 16, 2004: Brief score (Pakistan 329-6/50 and India 317/48.4), India lost by 12 runs. Once again, the hunters fell tantalizingly short in a high-scoring thriller, with India just failing after needing 16 off the last two overs. On a pitch that he said became progressively slower Tendulkar scored a superb century, India's first in a one-day international in Pakistan, and became the first player to reach 13000 one-day runs. But his dismissal, sweeping to deep mid-wicket in the 39th over, galvanized the bowling; seven overs later India slumped to 284 for eight when Shoaib Akhtar fired out two in two. Tendulkar still managed to win the Man of the Match award.
38) 123 (192 minutes, 130 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes, strike rate 94.61) in the first innings v Pakistan at Ahmedabad on April 12, 2005: Brief score (India 315-6/48 and Pakistan 319-7/48), India lost by three wickets. Tendulkar started the day with his 38th one-day internationals century - the first since March 2004 in Rawalpindi, another losing cause. Combining imperious stroke play and cussed determination, he hit 12 fours and two sixes. He helped India to post an imposing score of 315 for six. However, Pakistan successfully chased target for the first time above 300 runs and this game was two overs short.
39) 100 (188 minutes, 113 balls, 10 fours, 1 six, strike rate 88.49) in the first innings v Pakistan at Peshawar on February 6, 2006: Brief score (India 328/49.4 and Pakistan 311-7/47), India lost by seven runs (D/L method). This is the third time in succession that Sachin Tendulkar has scored a century against Pakistan and on all three instances India went on to lose the game. This time he scored a very determined hundred which came during his stay of over three hours and contained ten fours and a solitary six. In the end, 18 runs were required in as many balls with three wickets in hand: then the umpires offered Pakistan's batsmen the light, and Duckworth/Lewis declared them seven ahead of par.
40) 141 not out (192 minutes, 148 balls, 13 fours, 5 sixes, strike rate 95.27) in the first innings v West Indies at Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2006: Brief score (India 309-5/50 and West Indies 141-2/20), India lost by 29 runs (D/L method). Sachin Tendulkar built a fine century - his 40th in one-day internationals - in his first long innings since elbow and shoulder problems in February. His unbeaten 141 was not enough for victory, as West Indies made another hurricane start, and had fortuitously just completed the minimum 20 overs when rain brought Duckworth/Lewis into the equation. During his 192-minutes long innings, he cracked 13 fours and five sixes and maintained a strike rate of 95.27. He managed to win the Man of the Match award.
Image: SOUTH AFRICA, CENTURION : New Zealand paceman Darryl Tuffey (L) celebrates having India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (R) out in their ICC World Cup super-six match at Supersport Park in Centurion 14 March 2003.
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