10. VB Series Finals 2003-04: India had just stunned the Aussies by leveling the Test series 1-1 and Australia was keen on settling the scores. After winning the first finals the hosts met the visitors for the second one at Sydney. Hyaden dominated the scene earlier with a classy ton and as he departed after a strokeful 126 (122) Aussies were 248 in 41 overs, well on course to a 300+ However, Symonds-Clarke pair had different plan as they assaulted the Indian attack to 100 stand in next 8 overs as Asutralia amassed 359/5. Indian innings collapsed after early loss of Sachin-Viru and succumbed to a 208 run defeat.
9. World Cup 1987: Chennai was hosting India’s opening encounter against the Australians. Geoff Marsh smashed a ton as the Australians reached 268 in 50 overs. Later during the break Match referee announced that one of Dean Jones’ boundary was indeed a Six and not a four as Signaled by the umpire, thus total was adjusted to 270. India started the chase very well with Sunny playing an uncharacteristic 37 of 32 (6 X 4, 1 X 6) Siddhu and Srikkanth both smashed 70s. Vengsarkar and Azhar seemed well on course with only 42 required with 7 wickets in hand and then a dramatic collapse happened. It boiled down to 6 needed of the last over with last pair out there. Border trusted Steve Waugh to bowl the last one. Maninder scored 4 of the first 4 balls and then Waugh castled through his defenses. India lost by one run.
8. Kochin ODI 1998: This was the first Day-Night ODI at Kochin. Batting first India lost the opners (Siddhu-Sachin) much early and when Kambli departed for 33, they were 3/80. Jadeja revived the innings with a scintillating ton (105) and was supported by skipper Azhar (82) and Kanitkar (57) as India notched up 309. Australians looked well on course at 3/200 in 31 overs. This is when Sachin, who so far had an ordinary day, produced an breath-taking display of spin bowling. He bowled off spin, leg breaks, and even googleys and produced his career best 10-1-32-5 as Australia were bowled out for 268 in 46.
7. ICC Knock Outs 2000: It was the first quarter final at Nairobi. India was inserted in and Sachin decided to answer fire with fire as he smashed McGrath & Lee for 3 sixes in his brave cameo of 38 of 37, however, India lost the their top 3 with score on 90. Then arrived their star of the next decade – Yuvarj, playing his debut innings smashed 80 bal 84 and helped India reach 265. All seamers chipped in with 2 wickets each as none of the Australians could reach a fifty and India won by 20 runs.
6. World Cup 1992: Both teams were coming off a loss in their opening game and were keen on winning ways. India did well with the bowl, But Dean Jones excelled with the bat with a classy 90. Australia totaled a respectable 237. India chase never got going and the unfortunate rain rule robbed them off 3 overs and only 2 runs fewer to score. With all hopes lost, skipper Azhar played a blinder, but was unfortunate to be run out at 93. Manjrekar pushed the innings closer to the target. It all boiled down to the last over with 13 needed, More started off with 2 boundaries off Moody but was bowled off the third. Prabhakar’s run-out off the fifth ball left India with 4 to get off the last one. Srinath heaved that delivery as it went straight to long-on, but Steve Waugh, the safest hands off all, dropped the catch. Make-shift keeper boon grabbed the wild throw from middle of the pitch and ran Raju out as India lost by one run, yet again in World Cup game to Australia.
5. ICC Knock Outs 1998: In this Quarter Final game, inserted in to bat, India was quickly in trouble at 2/8. That is when Sachin played one of his many classics. He stroked 141 of 128 (13 X 4, 3 X 6), supported by Dravid (48) and Jadeja (71) and took India to a 307. Australia looked well set in their chase at 2/167 in 28th, when Sachin came back at them again, this time with the ball. He grabbed the scalps of Steve Waugh, Martyn, Bevan and Young in his spell of 9.2-0-38-4 and crashed Australia to 263 all out in 48.
4. CB Series Finals 2008: It had been 23 years since India won a ODI tournament in Australia. They were meeting the hosts again in the finals. The first at Sydney had India chase 240, which they did as Sachin scored an unbeaten 117. In the next one at Melbourne Sachin’s 91 set a challenging 258 and the seam bowlers of India did well to win the game by 9 runs. India had won the CB series trophy. Sachin was Man of the Finals scoring 208 of India’s 500 runs.
3. Hyderabad ODI 2009: Team India was chasing a mountain of a target – 351 exactly. Just a few days ago Australia, while chasing a 350+ target had succumbed to a 100 run defeat. Sachin though didn’t get bogged down with size of huge target. Even when Gambhir, Dhoni, Sehwag, and Yuvraj all failed to even cross double digits he kept on the attack. He hammered 175, half of the target, unfortunately his team-mates (last 4 of them) could not get the 19 runs that were needed when he departed as India lost by 3. India’s next best scorer was Raina with 52.
2. World Cup Finals 2003: The stage was huge. Australia wanted to repeat the 1999 effort and India wanted the crown after 20 years. However, the day belonged to one man: Ricky Ponting, he smothered the Indian attack in his classy and attacking 139* as he took Australia to a highest finals score of 359/2. India gave some fight with Sehwag (81) and Dravid (47), but ince they departed the innings folded for 234 in 40.
1. Desert Storm 1998: Twin innings, both against Australia, were the best amongst all. The first came in the last league encounter where India needed 95 of 91 to qualify for finals, after a deserts storm had interrupted the game. Sachin hammered 143 of 131 and not only advanced India to finals but almost got them close to winnings that game. In the finals, while chasing 273, he made it look very easy as he again smashed 134 of 131 as India eased to the target with 9 balls to spare.