Virender Sehwag has raced away to 151 from just 131 balls and in the process has taken India to 260 for 1 in just 45 overs at Tea time in Mumbai. Sehwag has whacked 19 fours and as many as 5 sixes in an innings that isn’t exactly slam bang yet plundering runs at a terrific rate. His opening partner Murali Vijay was unlucky to miss out on a maiden test hundred!
India smashed as many as 168 runs in the 27 overs of cricket in the post lunch session. The openers – Sehwag and Vijay continued to dominate the Lankan attack and in particular the latter opened up his shoulders to score freely. Vijay brought up his maiden fifty by charging down the track and lofting the leading wicket taker in Test Cricket majestically for a six over wide long on.
Sehwag who resumed the session on 53 (from 60 balls) brought up his 17th test hundred in 101 balls with a sweep to fine leg off Murali. Vijay too quickly moved towards a century but picked the wrong length from Herath to attempt a sweep. It was a full delivery which came off the two fingers from Herath and Vijay was hit on the back thigh by the skidding ball after bending down to play a slightly predetermined sweep. Vijay cracked an impressive 87 with 10 fours and a six and got his runs in just 121 balls besides putting on an opening partnership of 221 in 39.1 overs! The opener was put down at mid on when Herath spilled a diving catch with Vijay losing concentration and flicking one flat in the air.
New man in Rahul Dravid has moved onto 17 from 20 balls with three fours, two of them coming from Murali in the last over before Tea. Sehwag towards the end of the session has twitched his back after flicking Kulasekara to long on. India are lucky that Sehwag managed to remain unbeaten despite the pain. The hosts are now just 133 runs away from Sri Lanka’s first innings total.
The problem for SL is that none of the bowlers have looked good at taking the wickets. Muralitharan continues to have a rough time and coupled with that he is unusually bowling a lot of short balls in this series! Murali’s figures are 0 for 74 in 11 overs! Sehwag has treated Kulasekara with utmost disdain and the medium pacer has been taken for 66 in 11 overs. Herath has gone for 62 in his 11 overs but atleast has the wicket of Vijay.