India finished the second day’s play at a stunning 443 for 1 in 79 overs with Virender Sehwag unconquered on a whirlwind 284. The hosts have made shortwork of Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 393 and have got into a lead of 50 with plenty of batting yet to come!
The homeside resumed the final session at 260 for 1 with Sehwag on 151 and Dravid on 17. Sehwag’s carnage in the first two sessions had already got the Lankan bowlers and fielders bending down helplessly on their knees. Viru seemed to have got his back cramps sorted out during the Tea break as he came out all guns blazing.
Sehwag got his sixth double century by drinks and still looked composed enough not to give it away. Dravid was very fluent and never got bogged down at all, his fifty came in 95 balls. India eased past Sri Lanka’s total after drinks and finished the day’s play with both Sehwag (284*) and Dravid (62* from 121 balls with 5 fours) still unseparated with a second wicket partnership of 222. Sehwag had brought up his 200 and 250 in this session with boundaries! There was just one chance that Sehwag had offered towards the end of the play when his late cut off Dilshan was put down at slip by Mahela Jayawardene.
Sehwag’s 284 has come in 239 balls with 40 fours and 7 sixes. He is just 16 runs short of a third triple ton of his career which nobody has achieved in the history of Test Cricket! Should Sehwag keep going for an hour tomorrow then Brian Lara’s 400 not out could be in trouble. This innings of Viru had some superb reverse sweeps especially off Murali who had embarassing figures of 0 for 119 in 20 overs.
India took 183 runs in 34 overs of the last session without losing any wickets. The plan will be to bat only once and set up things for another innings victory as far as India is concerned.