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India and New Zealand are all set to play their 100th ODI, at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Playing a hundred matches against a side is nothing new for India, who have played far more ODIs (928) than New Zealand (729). India have played a hundred ODIs against four nations Sri Lanka (155), Pakistan (129), Australia (128), and West Indies (121). On the other hand, New Zealand crossed the landmark only against Australia (136). Let us have a look at 10 iconic matches from an intense assortment of contests.

1. Hat-trick of humdingers

We will cheat at the beginning of the piece by combining three matches as a solitary entry and for good reason, too: not many sides have been involved in three consecutive matches as intense. For trivia-mongers, this is the tournament where Trevor Chappell infamously bowled underarm.

Richard Hadlee shot India out for 162 at Perth, but India hit back and reduced New Zealand to 136 for 9. The drama continued: Warren Lees and Ewen Chatfield added 21 for the last wicket. Then, with 6 to score off 2 balls, Roger Binny got Lees.

India were bowled out for 204 at Brisbane. This time Dilip Doshi took centre stage, and New Zealand quickly rose to 166 for 7. But Lance Cairns emerged with his Excalibur as Jeremy Coney stayed put, and New Zealand won with 2 balls to spare.

At Adelaide India registered 230 for 7. Once again New Zealand fumbled, reaching 134 for 6. This time Mark Burgess rose to the challenge as Cairns launched a furious counterattack. They needed 18 from 3 overs, but India emerged triumphant by 6 runs.

2. Paaji owns MCG

We all know the story. Despite getting bowled out for 206, New Zealand were on top in the semi-final of the seven-nation 1984-85 World Championship. Then India dug themselves into a hole, reaching 46 for 1 after 20 overs. With the asking rate mounting, Sunil Gavaskar promoted Kapil Dev to No. 5. Kapil sought out, of all people, Hadlee and smashed 4 fours in the 34th over. The calm assurance of Dilip Vengsarkar at the other end helped; India did not lose another wicket and won comfortably.

3. Hat-trick and hundred

Chetan Sharma became the first to take a hat-trick in the World Cup, at Nagpur in 1987. He was also the first bowler to bowl all three batsmen in a hat-trick. India needed to chase 222 in 42.2 overs to top the group: they took 61 balls fewer than that. Gavaskar, battling a high temperature, took 21 off Chatfield s third over. Gavaskar raced to his only ODI hundred in 85 balls, and India won by 9 wickets.

4. Azhar comes to party

Back in 1988, 279 used to be a steep target, more so if the chasing side had been reduced to 133 for 5. But you do not stop a rampant Mohammad Azharuddin just like that. He registered the then fastest hundred in ODI history (in 62 balls) that day at Baroda.

Azhar remained unbeaten to see India through; Ajay Sharma got a 36-ball fifty; and India won by 2 wickets.

5. Danny gets three in three

The Napier ODI of 1994-95 started with a debutant called Stephen Fleming scoring 90. India lost the track midway, but there still was hope with Kapil at the crease. India needed another 35, but Danny Morrison became the first New Zealand bowler to take a hat-trick. New Zealand won by 28 runs.

6. A journey begins at the top

Napier needed to be avenged. After the fast bowlers shot out New Zealand for 142 at Auckland, Azhar took a decision that would change Indian cricket in years to come. Promoted to the top for the first time, Sachin Tendulkar blasted his way to a 49-ball 82. Cricket records would not remain the same.

7. Hara-kiri at Napier

The match is seldom remembered, for nobody remembers a superlative display of run outs. There were five in the New Zealand innings of 213. India took up the challenge as three of their men ran themselves out. No Indian reached forty. The match was won with a single ball to spare following a stand between Nayan Mongia and Anil Kumble.

8. A genius triumphs

The 2000 Champions Trophy final will forever be remembered for Chris Cairns heroics. Cairns went into the match half fit. Then India were off to an unreal start, reaching 37 in 4 overs. Then Cairns, bowling off a shorter run-up, cut down the scoring rate with figures 10-2-40-0.

The target of 266 looked massive once New Zealand were reduced to 132 for 5. But Cairns chose the occasion to play the most important innings of his career. Support came from Chris Harris, and New Zealand won their first ICC trophy.

9. Bizarre capitulation

Even if someone had put his money on the opening match of the 2010 triangular series at Dambulla, he would certainly not have bet on the result. New Zealand raced to 288 after Ross Taylor and Scott Styris added 190. The Indian openers then put on 39 in 41 balls. The rest of the innings lasted 22.3 overs.

India folded inexplicably for 88. The margin, exactly 200 runs, remains a record in India-New Zealand matches.

10. All s well that ends well

India were obliterated 0-4 in the 2013-14 series, but the Auckland ODI was something to write about. Martin Guptill s 114 took New Zealand to 314. The Indian openers added 64 before losing 4 wickets for 15 runs. A middle-order resistance kept New Zealand at bay, but a target of 131 in 86 balls with 4 wickets in hand certainly did not seem gettable.

Ravichandran Ashwin led the charge with an array of strokes, often uncharacteristic. His 65 took 48 balls, but once he fell the next two wickets followed soon. India needed 31 from the last 13 balls as Varun Aaron walked out.

The target came down to 18 from 6. Corey Anderson, with 5 wickets under his belt, conceded 6 off the first 3. Then, with 12 to get from 3, Ravindra Jadeja hit a four and a six but got only a single. His 45-ball unbeaten 66 made the only tie in the history of the contest possible.