4. Sachin Tendulkar 98 v Pakistan, Centurion (2003)
India facing the arch rivals Pakistan in a world cup is a treat for a cricket fan. Not only the competitiveness is very high, but also the emotions involved enhance the quality of the matches and make them more exciting. So, undoubtedly it was a high pressure match for both the sides
Batting first, Pakistan scored 274 riding on Saeed Anwar’s classy ton. On the Durban pitch, the target was not at all easy because Pakistan, had one of the best bowling attacks that comprised the Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Afridi. Tendulkar made his intentions clear early by smacking Akhtar for a six over point and a couple of boundaries in the first over. From there one, he played a murderous knock and anything erring, even a bit, was given a punishment.His flicks off Wasim Akram were a sight to behold.
The knock is considered a master class because Sachin played as if he was oblivious to all the hype and expectation. He gritted his teeth through a shooting pain in his left leg, and scored a scintillating 98 to help India chase a majestic 274 with ease.