Virender Sehwag was very careful at the start of the third day much to the delight of the Indian fans as they would have loved to see him beat Brian Lara’s 400*. However, Sehwag failed to even register his third triple century having resumed the morning on an overnight score of 284. He lasted only 19 balls before spooning a return catch to Murali to get out in a soft manner. Sehwag would have become the first ever player in the history of Test Cricket to score three triple centuries but was perhaps destined to share the record of notching up two 300s along with Sir Don Bradman.
Sehwag calmly moved into the 290s with some deft shots behind the sticks. But when he was on 293, Sehwag looked to work one across for a single in the fourth over of the day’s play but could only get a sort of a leading edge which was juggled by Murali and taken in the second attempt. The Delhi dasher batted for 366 minutes in which he plundered the Lankan bowlers for 40 fours and 7 sixes. Sehwag had put on 221 with Vijay and 237 with Dravid besides taking India into a first innings lead of 65.
The other overnight batsman Rahul Dravid was extremely lucky not to be given out caught behind when he had got a faint touch to a turning ball from Herath. Dravid didn’t last long like Sehwag as he chased a wide juicy half volley from Welegedara in the 90th over to nick it behind to the keeper. It was a good positive stay for Dravid (74 from 147 balls with 5 fours and a six) today as he had danced down the track and lofted Rangana Herath over long on for a monstrous six.
India went to lunch at 536 for 3 in 108 overs while taking their lead to 143 runs. Sachin Tendulkar has looked busy with his 48 from 84 balls (with 6 fours) while Laxman has got off to a slow start and has reached 22 from 51 balls. The Lankans had taken the second new ball finally in the 105th over. Sanity had returned to the Brabourne Stadium after Sehwag’s dismissal and India could add a moderate 93 runs in 29 overs at the loss of two wickets in this morning session.