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12th February 1990: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar Almost Scripts History at Napier

Cricketnext Staff |February 12, 2019, 2:42 AM IST
12th February 1990: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar Almost Scripts History at Napier

On this day in 1990, a 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar ended up 12 runs short of becoming the youngest player to score a Test century during the second Test against New Zealand in Napier.

Having opted to bat first after winning the toss, India would have hoped for a good start after there was no play possible on the first day. On the third day, they were in a spot of the bother when Tendulkar walked out to bat.

The hosts had India in trouble at 152 for 4 before a 266-ball 88 saw the tourists to safety. Tendulkar departed for 88 but Kiran More's enterprising 73 meant India had a total to bowl with 358/9 declared on the board.

New Zealand were going along well on the fourth day with skipper John Wright scoring an unbeaten 113 before rain returned to halt the proceedings for the rest of the game with the Kiwis 178/1.

Wright was named the Player of the Match but if not for Danny Morrison who dismissed Tendulkar and finished with 5/98 in the fixture, the game would have been remembered even more for the heroics of the little master.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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