A battle between the best batsmen and the best leg-spinner of the world is something worth watching out for. A similar battle was fought between Sachin Tendulkar and Shane when Australia toured India in 1998. There were other instances of battles amongst these two players, but, this one was probably the first after they had become renowned names in cricket.
During the first Test at Chennai, Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian captain, won the toss and chose to bat. Nayan Mongia and Navjot Singh Sidhu stitched a century stand for the first wicket. Just when the stage was set for India’s domination, both, Mongia (58) and Sidhu (62) fell within four runs.
In walked Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. With Tendulkar on crease, Warne was brought back into the attack by Mark Taylor, a much anticipated move. Tendulkar achieved instant success as he pushed a delivery past Warne for a boundary. However, the little master’s stay was restricted by Warne Tendulkar nicked a delivery to Mark Taylor, when he was on 4 (7).
With Warne winning the first battle, Tendulkar came back strongly to draw level in the second innings. He scored his 15th Test hundred, 155* (191), with the help of 14 fours and four sixes and was adjourned the Player of the Match for the same.
Watch Warne getting the better of Tendulkar in the first innings: