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'Sehwag eased the pressure off me'

Skipper Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said back-to-form Virender Sehwag "eased the pressure off" him and helped India set up a match-winning total.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 14:33 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said back-to-form Virender Sehwag "eased the pressure off" him and helped India set up a match-winning total against Pakistan in the second and final cricket one-dayer in Abu Dhabi.

"Sehwag batted beautifully today and it is good to see him back (among the runs). The key was to get runs at the top of order and Sehwag eased the pressure off me," Dravid said after India beat Pakistan by 51 runs and shared the DLF Cup at the Zayed stadium.

Dravid, opening the innings, hit a captain's knock of 92 while Sehwag broke his run drought with a cavalier 73 that helped India put up 269/5.

Pakistan won the first match on Tuesday by six wickets.

"We learnt from our yesterday's mistake and it was a good all around performance by the boys. They responded well after the defeat," said Dravid, who was also man of the match.

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq said that the opening partnership of Sehwag and Dravid was the deciding factor in the match.

"The opening partnership was very good and they batted very well today. Though it (the target) was chaseable we lost wickets at regular intervals and could not built partnerships," he said.