Thu, 10 Mar 2005

From: Reuters

Sehwag hits back at Pakistan amid rain

Opener Virender Sehwag survived a dropped catch to take the attack to the Pakistan bowlers on the second day of the first test on Wednesday in Mohali, India.

Sehwag was 95 not as out as India reached 184 for one in reply to Pakistan's first innings 312, with rain allowing just 50 minuts of play before tea.

Pakistan's inexperienced new ball bowlers Mohammad Sami and Rana Naved failed to take advantage of the green pitch with Sehwag slicing and punching Rana past point for two of his early fours and then slashing him over third man for a six.

Sehwag should have departed after scoring only 15 when he edged a short delivery from Sami straight to third slip, but Taufeeq Umar juggled with the chance and grassed it to the dismay of his teammates.

The Delhi batsman then took over, driving full-pitched deliveries from Sami and Rana to the extra cover boundary. He also flicked Sami past mid-wicket and to fine leg for two more fours, forcing captain Inzamam-ul Haq to spread the field.

-- Reuters