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Who would have predicted that: Vinod Kambli's maiden ODI ton & an unbeaten 164-run partnership with Tendulkar

Vinod Kambli - India

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

Famous for his 664-run unbroken partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in a school match, Vinod Kambli according to many was as talented as Sachin in his school days. The article focuses on Kambli's maiden ODI ton, which he incidentally scored on his birthday and his unbeaten 164-run partnership with childhood friend Tendulkar.


Match Summary

India 223/3 (48 overs) - Vinod Kambli 100* (149), Sachin Tendulkar 82* (81); Paul Jarvis 2/49 (10), Chris Lewis 1/26 (9)

England 224/6 (48 overs) - Alec Stewart  91 (126), Neil Fairbrother 46* (38); Kapil Dev 2/36 (10), Manoj Prabhakar 2/43 (10)

Result - England won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

After the first game of the 7-match ODI series on the England tour of India in Ahmedabad was cancelled without a ball being bowled, the match in Jaipur effectively became the opening fixture. India were in trouble when openers Navjot Singh Sidhu and Manoj Prabhakar departed early, both losing their pegs to Paul Jarvis. The pacer then rapped Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin on the pads.

Vinod Kambli, relatively new to international cricket and coming on the back of a record 224-run knock in a Test against England at Bombay, stabilized things. The batsman hit 9 fours and 1 six in his unbeaten 100.

He got great support from childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar who smoked 82 off just 81 balls. The Mumbai pair added 164 runs, taking India to a challenging total of 223.


Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Navjot Sidhu), 2-31 (Manoj Prabhakar), 3-59 (Mohammad Azharuddin)

Vice-captain Alec Stewart was good for England. He opened the batting for the side and scored 91 off 126 deliveries playing India's leg spinners Venkatapathy Raju and Anil Kumble quite well. Despite two wickets each from Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar, the match hung in the balance.

6 runs were required off the last ball. An overthrow on the penultimate delivery and a scrambled single off the last ball ensured that England won the match on the very last delivery, on the back of Neil Fairbrother's 38-ball 46.

Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Graham Gooch), 2-85 (Robin Smith), 3-145 (Alec Stewart), 4-161 (Mike Gatting), 5-200 (Graeme Hick), 6-203 (Dermot Reeve)



India - Manoj Prabhakar, Navjot Sidhu, Vinod Kambli, Mohammad Azharuddin (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Pravin Amre, Kapil Dev, Vijay Yadav (wk), Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju, Javagal Srinath 

England - Graham Gooch (c), Alec Stewart (wk), Robin Smith, Mike Gatting, Neil Fairbrother, Graeme Hick, Dermot Reeve, Chris Lewis, John Emburey, Phil DeFreitas, Paul Jarvis


Match Details

Match: IND v ENG, 2nd ODI, England in India ODI Series, 1993 

Date: Monday, January 18, 1993 

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bowl

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 

Umpires: Shyam Bansal, Srinivas Venkataraghavan 

Match Referee: Cammie Smith 


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