Virender Sehwag crippled the bowling attack of South Africa on the third day of the first Test held in Chennai scoring the fastest ever triple century in history with 300 runs off 278 balls. Sehwag finished the day unbeaten at 309 taking India to 468-1 in reply to South Africa’s total of 540. The Indian smashed 42 fours and five sixes before nudging the ball to square leg for his 300 off Makhaya Ntini.
The 29 year old opener scored 309 against Pakistan in 2004 and became only the third player to achieve the triple century feat beside the West Indian Legend Brian Lara and Australian Don Bradman.
Sehwag scored 300 from 278 balls surpassing Mathew Hayden’s 380 runs off 368 balls, which was a record back then for the quickest triple hundred, in 2004 against Zimbabwe.
India are in a very good position to put some pressure on the visitors with a flawless performance from Sehwag’s 292 ball innings. He had a good support from Rahul Dravid, who finished 65 not out, on a 255 run second wicket partnership.
India started the day with 82 runs on the board. Sehwag scored 213 before the first wicket alongside Wasin Jaffer, who edged Paul Harris’ delivery to Jaques Kallis in the slip giving the Proteas their only break-through of the game.
Then Sehwag was accompanied by the man known as “The Wall”, Rahul Dravid, who lived up to his name scoring 65 in 181 balls. In the process he took his career total to 9,985 runs, now only needing 15 runs to complete the 10,000 run feat and set to be only the sixth player in history to accomplish such an achievement.
The test Veteran Sehwag was at his best on his 55th Test when he scored 108 runs in India’s 133, as the Proteas bowled in hot and humid conditions typical to the sub-continent.
This was Sehwag’s consecutive three figure total following his match saving effort of 151 runs against Australia in Adelaide in January. On the fourth day of the test Sehwag is set to surpass Brian Lara’s record of 400 and India have the opportunity to have a lead over the tourists before day five.
[By Shahnawaz Alam]
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