WC 2003 - Superb start from Sachin-Sehwag, help India amass 292

Published: Monday, March 10, 2003, 23:38 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Sachin Tendulkar added another record to his glittering collection on Monday as he smashed 97 to help India make 292 for six against Sri Lanka and take a massive step closer to the World Cup semi-finals.Tendulkar took his run tally in the tournament to 571, surpassing his own record of 523 during the 1996 World Cup, but he missed out on what would have been his 35th One-day century when he carelessly top-edged a sweep off Aravinda de Silva to wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara.

It was the second time in this tournament he has suffered an agonising dismissal following his departure for 98 against Pakistan when he fended off a vicious bouncer from Shoaib Akhtar.Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas became the tournament's leading bowler with 18 wickets but not before India set itself up for a big total in a match where victory will confirm its place in the semi-finals.India got off to a rousing start when Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag put on 153 for the first wicket.

Sehwag made 66 off 76 balls during which he hit five boundaries and three sixes, two of them in one over from Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya.Jayasuriya overcame a bruised forearm and a fractured thumb - which he suffered in the defeat against Australia - to play the key match which his side must win to stay in contention for the semi-finals.

But having chosen to field first, Jayasuriya clearly was in no condition to bowl as he went for 27 runs in three overs. Indian captain Saurav Ganguly chipped in with 48 when Vaas bowled him to overtake West Indian Vasbert Drakes' tally of 16 wickets in the tournament while Muttiah Muralitharan removed Mohammed Kaif and Dinesh Mongia to finish with three for 46. Vaas had two for 34.Copyright AFP 2001

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