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Sehwag likely to play second one-dayer

Having almost recovered from the finger injury, Virendra Sehwag is likely to play against South Africa in Durban.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 12:52 IST

India's struggling batting line-upreceived a big boost with opener Virender Sehwag likely to play in the second cricket one-dayer against South Africa in Durban on Wednesday, having almost recovered from a finger injury.

Sehwag, who sustained a finger injury before the warm-up game against South Africa 'A' in Benoni on November 16, has recovered well and coach Greg Chappell is confident that the hard-hitting batsman would be ready for Wednesday's day-night encounter.

"Viru (Sehwag) got a few more days to recover from his injury. Some stitches have come off and some more are still there, the finger too is sore but he would be alright for Wednesday's game," Chappell said.

Sehwag had suffered a gash in the right ring finger before the start of a warm-up game in Benoni. He needed four stitches to close the gaping wound and did not play the warm-up match which the visitors lost by 37 runs.

The Delhi opener took part in the practice sessions ahead of the first one-dayer at the Wanderers but since the match was washed out without a ball being bowled, he got a few more days to recover.

The weather was expected to again play spoilsport in Wednesday'smatch with the met office predicting rain in the morning and evening, which means that the second game of the five-match series could also be washed out.

First Published: Nov 21, 2006 15:49 IST