This day, that year: Tendulkar 186*, Dravid 153; 331-run stand

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On November 8, 1999 two of Indian cricket’s greatest batsmen – and match-winners each in their own right – etched their names into ODI cricket’s record books with a mammoth partnership that until earlier this year stood unchallenged.

On a lifeless pitch at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad 16 years ago to the day, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid forged a second-wicket stand of 331 that remains the second-highest in terms of runs and, until Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels plundered hundreds against Zimbabwe during the World Cup in February, was the highest for any wicket.

India trailed the series 0-1 after losing the opening game in Rajkot, and things did not start well when Sourav Ganguly was run out for 4 in the second over. In walked Dravid at No 3, who had already crossed 1500 ODI runs for the year and had been India’s batting star at the World Cup in England.

Tendulkar led the initial attack, playing some punchy shots across the field while shoving the pacers off their lines. Slowly at first, Dravid then flourished in the company of Tendulkar the superstar and New Zealand were pushed further and further onto the back foot. Tendulkar sped to his fifty while Dravid nudged the ball around and ran hard between the wickets. As the overs ticked by and the runs flew off the batsmen’s bats, New Zealand spirits slumped further.

Tendulkar reached his hundred first (his 24th in ODIs) and once Dravid got to his, he overtook Tendulkar in the scoring before falling for a run-a-ball 153 when slog-sweeping to deep midwicket. Their partnership of 331 came in 46.2 overs and eclipsed the 318 that Dravid and Ganguly had put on against Sri Lanka at Taunton during the World Cup earlier in the year.
Tendulkar remained not out on 186, his best score until he slammed a landmark double-hundred in 2010, off 150 balls with 20 fours and three sixes. Dravid’s innings contained 15 fours and a couple of sixes. India made 376/2 and bowled out New Zealand for 202 in 33.1 overs to win by 174 runs and level the best-of-five series at 1-1.
Source:- Times Of India


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