Sehwag, Dravid pound Pakistan
At stumps, Veeru (247) and Dravid (128) had made mockery of bowling.Updated: Jan 17, 2006 11:06 IST
Of all the innings played by batsmen roundthe world, only few emerge which can be classified as the best. Virender Sehwag's innings on Monday, would undoubtedly figure on top of that list.
At the end of the curtailed fourth day of the first Test at Lahore, Sehwag's scoresheet resembled a huge log-book. He hit an incredible 247 off 240 balls with 46 fours and one towering six, with an unbelievable strike rate of 103 - kind of figures rarely seen in Test cricket. And he's still not out!
With stats like that, records are sure to tumble. Inevitably, Sehwag along with Dravid smashed four!
Sehwag became the second-fastest ever to score a double century. He hit the second-highest number of boundaries in one innings by an Indian. He along with his skipper put on the second-highest runs for the opening wicket for any team. And... over 400 runs were scored in just 75 overs.
He was at his blazing best, hitting almost every alternate ball to the fence. As boundaries showered from his blade, fielders scurried to the fence and Inzamam scratched his head in agony. At one stage only four fielders were placed inside the 30-yard circle, with rest of them manning the fence.
Rahul Dravid, at the other end, was subtle, but nonetheless very effective. He finished the day with 128 not out with 19 boundaries.
Pakistani bowling attack was flat, nowhere near its superb form against England. Like 'taking candy from a baby', the duo took full toll of the poor bowlers - piling on runs with utter disdain.
They crossed the 400-run mark just before the play was called off due to bad light.
With an innings like that, Sehwag would be branded with yet another title that will stay with him for the rest of his cricketing career - "Pasha of Lahore".
Sehwag scored four boundaries off poor Naved-ul-Rana to hammer hissecond double century.
Hiswas at his blazing best, hitting almost everyalternate ball to the fence. With 38 boundaries and 1 six to his credit, Sehwagbecame the second fastest ever to score a double hundred in Test cricket.
At the other end,Dravid cantered to his first Test hundred as captain.
Sehwag surpassed the 150 mark in just 144 balls. He was particularly partial to Danish KaneriaandNaved-ul-Ranawho faced the major brunt ofhis torment.One ofKaneria's deliverysailed over the long-on boundary fence for a huge six... despite Inzamam putting a fielder there.
Earlier, Dravid reachedhis 40th fifty with a flick to fine-leg as the play resumed after lunch.
Dravid, through with his milestone,too upped the ante. Shoaib Akthar tried his best to disturb his concentration by spewing verbal abuses one after the another. But the Walldid notcrumble!
BelligerentSehwagbroke Sunil Gavaskar'srecord by smashing the fastest Testton by an Indian opener in 93 balls, before murky conditions wreaked havoc.
Sehwag,on 96 overnight, hit Danish Kaneria's first ball to the fence to reach his 11th Test century. There was no respite for the bowlers as they toiled hard on a placid fourth day track.
The play which started after 70 minutes of delay, due to bad light and overnight rain, was halted after only two overs were bowled in the match.
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First Published: Jan 17, 2006 11:06 IST