Sachin Tendulkar scored an attacking 63 against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in one of the league matches of the Austral-Asia Cup in 1993-94 in Sharjah in 1994. Tendulkar had a middling tournament in terms of runs, scoring two half-centuries in four innings, to score 166 runs, to b fifth in the run-charts dominated by Pakistan’s Aamer Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar. India did well to reach the final, but lost to a dominant Pakistan by 39 runs.  The event had six teams participating — India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and UAE. Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan had qualified to the semi-finals among these teams. VIDEO: India vs UAE: Sachin Tendulkar dismissed by Sultan Zarawani

Tendulkar’s 77- ball knock was studded by seven fours and a six. He had only recently started to open the batting, against New Zealand in India’s tour of that country, earlier that year. He was eventually dismissed by legspinner Sultan Zarawani, the captain of the opposition, who bowled only three overs, and gave away 22 runs.

Tendulkar’s contribution was supported by half-centuries from captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Vinod Kambli, who put on 100 runs for the fourth wicket, to lead India to 273 for 5 in their 50 overs. In reply, UAE limped to 202 for nine in their quota of overs, helped by No. 3 Mazhar Hussain’s 70 and Vijay Mehra’s 43. UAE were 169 for 4 at a point in the chase, but then lost  six wickets for 31 runs, further putting them out of the contest. For India, fast bowles Javagal Srinath and Bhupinder Singh snr. Took three wickets each.