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Sachin Tendulkar saves the Old Trafford Test

Sachin Tendulkar saves the Old Trafford Test

In August 1990, a 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar announced himself to the world with a match-saving maiden Test century at Old Trafford

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England v India, 14 August 1990 - Day 5 of the Second Test at Old Trafford.

India were staring down the barrel. The tourists, already trailing the series 1-0, were set an improbable 408 to win on the final day of an England dominated Second Test at Old Trafford.

Even the more achievable target of batting out a draw, began to look somewhat unlikely at 109-4, with the four-pronged English attack of Devon Malcolm, Angus Fraser, Eddie Hemmings and Chris Lewis fit and firing on a tricky final day pitch. 

India looked to be fighting a losing battle to save the match when Dillip Vengsarkar was sent back by Lewis. That wicket brought to the crease - at just 17 years and 112 days and without a Test century to his name - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. 

However, shortly after Indian hopes soon faded further as skipper Kapil Dev departed, to leave India 183-6 with two and a half hours of the match still remaining. This left the 5ft 5in tall Tendulkar to battle on as the senior batsman in harsh English conditions. 

The rest is history. Tendulkar batted 225 minutes and managed to save the match with his unbeaten maiden Test century helping India draw the match with the score at 343-6. He shepherded the strike masterfully and showed a calmness and maturity beyond his teenage years. 

The Little Master remained unbeaten on 119, hitting 17 fours becoming the second cricketer person to hit a Test century and catapulting himself to instant superstar status as he saved India from certain defeat in Manchester. 

England vs India 2021: Ticket ballot open

The ticket ballot is now open for England's final Test of the 2021 summer against India at Emirates Old Trafford between 10-14 September*. 

Ballot applications close on Friday 11 December.

*Dates are provisional and subject to change and tickets are sold on the basis of currently known information. Terms and conditions apply, detail of which can be found here.

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