Thu, 10 Mar 2005

From: Jawawa

Sehwag hits back at Pakistan in rain-plagued test

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 struck 41 from 30 balls as India reached 67 without loss from only 11 overs in reply to Pakistan's first innings 312 at tea, with only 50 minutes of play possible because of rain.

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