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Looking back at the 3 most memorable knocks of Mohammad Kaif's career

Dhruva P
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#2 111* vs Zimbabwe at Colombo (2002 Champions Trophy)

Kaif scored 111 which helped India win the game against Zimbabwe
Kaif scored 111 which helped India win the game against Zimbabwe

This was during the 2002 Champions trophy that was held in Sri Lanka. The match in question was against Zimbabwe at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Electing to bat first, the Indians lost their skipper Sourav Ganguly as well as Dinesh Mongia in the fourth over. Virender Sehwag kept blazing away at the other end but wickets kept falling too. Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for a duck in the 10th over.

Sehwag’s vigil at the crease ended in the 13th over, when he was dismissed for 48, and soon Yuvraj Singh followed in the next over. India were 5-87 in 13.2 overs and were looking in all sorts of trouble.

Douglas Hondo had picked up four out of the five wickets and the Indian top order had no answer to him. However, things turned around as Mohammad Kaif joined Rahul Dravid at the crease.

Both the batsmen survived the initial burst from the Zimbabwean attack and then milked the bowlers in the middle overs. Kaif was the aggressor of the two as he scored boundaries and kept the scoreboard ticking.

The pair added 117 runs for the 6th wicket before Dravid was run-out for 71. But Kaif continued his onslaught as he brought up a well deserved century in the 49th over. India ended up with a solid total of 288/6 in their 50 overs.

Kaif remained not out on 111 of 112 balls, and his innings comprised of 8 boundaries and 1 six. In reply, Zimbabwe gave a tough fight thanks to a fantastic 145 from Andy Flower, but it wasn’t enough as they fell short by 14 runs.

For his match-winning hundred, Kaif was again awarded the Man of the Match.

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