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On This Day - March 9, 1998: A Tendulkar Classic Blows Away Warne & Australia

On This Day in 1998, Sachin Tendulkar produced one of his best Test hundreds hammering 155 off just 191 deliveries taking apart the likes of Warne and co. in the series opener against Australia in Chennai.

On This Day - March 9, 1998: A Tendulkar Classic Blows Away Warne & Australia

The great Australian team led by Mark Taylor was touring India for a big three-match Test series. They had been thrashed by Mumbai in a three-day match prior to the start of the series with the Indian genius Sachin Tendulkar hammering a magnificent 204 off just 192 deliveries. He was, in particular, severe against Shane Warne and took apart the leg-spin wizard in front of his home crowd at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

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India elected to bat first in the series opener in Chennai but despite a hundred-plus opening stand between Nayan Mongia and Navjot Sidhu were restricted to 257. Shane Warne and Gavin Robertson picked four wickets each. Tendulkar was dismissed cheaply for 4 by the great leg spinner. Little did Warne know what was in store in the remainder of the match! Australia’s lower-order fired with Ian Healy top-scoring with a fine 90 – that helped the visitors take the lead and post 328 in the first innings.

Tendulkar walked out to bat at 115 for 2 in the second innings with the match slightly skewed in Australia’s favour. He took control of the situation and counter-attacked the Australian bowling again targeting their ace spinner Warne. Tendulkar put together 113 for the third-wicket with Rahul Dravid before being involved in another century partnership with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.

He remained unbeaten on a masterclass 155 off just 191 deliveries smashing 14 fours and 4 sixes in his splendid knock which came at a strike rate of 81.15. He took Warne to the cleaners dancing down the track to the leg spinner and depositing him to the boundary and into the stands. Warne conceded 122 runs in his 30 overs. India piled on 418 in just 107 overs before making a declaration.

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The Indian spin trio led by Anil Kumble (4 wickets) bamboozled the famed Australian attack in the second innings and routed them for a paltry 168. Venkatapathy Raju bagged three wickets while Rajesh Chauhan picked two. India won by 179 runs. It was a rare Test defeat for the world-beating Australian team.

The difference between the two teams was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. He was at the peak of his prowess between 1996 and 1999 and launched his offensive best against the likes of Warne and co.

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