Two Indians scored hundreds in the fifth game of
the ongoing one-day series, but the home team still
finished on the losing side.
Opener Gautam Gambhir and skipper Rahul Dravid
provided only the fifth instance of two Indians
reaching three figures in the same ODI, only to end
up as losers.
The previous four instances are as follows:
* Sanjay Manjrekar (105) & Ravi Shastri (109) v
South Africa at Delhi, 1991-92: This was South
Africa's first win in an official one-day
international. India batted first in a day-night
affair at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi
and finished with 287-4. The ground, basically
meant for athletics, provided the unusual spectacle
of an outfield made up of four different
components; grass, 'Turtan' (the athletic track) ,
the artificial grass over the long jump pit, and
A crowd of 75,000 watched Ravi Shastri and Sanjay
Manjrekar put on 175 for the second wicket at a
monumental seven runs per over. Kepler Wessels'
third consecutive fifty (90) of the series, Peter
Kirsten's unbeaten 86 and Adrian Kuiper's 63 not
out guided South Africa to comfortable win by a
whopping margin of eight wickets.
* Mohammad Azharuddin (111*) & Ajay Jadeja (119) v
Sri Lanka at Colombo, 1997: A world record fifth -
wicket partnership between Azharuddin and Jadeja
proved inadequate to take India to victory .
Chasing an imposing target of 303, India lost its
first four wickets with only 64 on the board.
Azharuddin and Jadeja then got together to add 223.
India got to 300, just three short of victory with
three wickets in hand, before running out of
* Sourav Ganguly (127) & Sachin Tendulkar ( 101) v
South Africa at Johannesburg, 2001-02: Skipper
Ganguly and Tendulkar hit centuries to help India
amass 279-5. However, the Proteas overhauled the
total for the loss of only four wickets, and with
ten balls to spare. Gary Kirsten led the chase with
a splendid unbeaten 133.
This was one of Ganguly's best innings. He blasted
five sixes, and in fact reached his hundred three
balls before his opening partner Tendulkar
completed fifty! The duo put on 193 runs for the
· V.V.S.Laxman(106*) & Yuvraj Singh ( 139) v
Australia at Sydney , 2003-04:
A last-over six by Brett Lee helped Australia
scamper home to an exciting two-wicket victory.
Laxman hit his second ODI century against Australia
in five days. Incidentally, he scored his first
four ODI hundreds against the Aussies. His was a
leisurely effort compared to Yuvraj Singh's
122-ball 139. The duo added 213 runs for the fourth
wicket as India reached 296 for four in their
stipulated 50 overs .