Sachin Tendulkar hammered 72 off just 27 balls in India’s tour of New Zealand, 2002. This was a unique concept of a “Super Max International” match which was basically a 10-over game of 2 innings each played in coloured jersey.
New Zealand batted first and put 123 runs on the board in their 10 overs. Then in came the renowned opening duo – Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. The master straight away started ravaging Kiwi bowlers.
There was a designated “Max zone” on the ground behind the bowler, which the batsman could aim for to get the runs counted on that shot doubled. Sachin hit two 8s and one 12-run hit in that area. He had also hit 10 fours.
India was well positioned to win the match until Virender Sehwag went for 31 runs in the 9th over of New Zealand’s second innings. They thumped 48 runs in the last two overs after were 70-5 (8 overs) and ended their 2nd innings at 118 to set India a target of 109.
BRIEF SCORES: NZ-123, IND-133, NZ-118, IND-87
Sachin Tendulkar also grabbed 5 wickets in the match and was thus adjudged Man of the Match.
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