Thatscricket - Test Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- India piles up 356 for 2, Sehwag 228 no

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Multan:Virender Sehwag smashed a career-best unbeaten 228 as India piled up a commanding 356 for two to set the stage for a huge first innings score on theopening day of their first cricket Test on Pakistan soil in 15 years.

The 24-year-old Sehwag also became the highest Indian scorer against Pakistan ever and the third to hit up a double-century against the archrivals en route his blitzkrieg which included 30 fours and five sixes.

Giving Sehwag company at close on day one was little master Sachin Tendulkar, looking solid with an unbeaten 60 as the Indians toyed with a listless home attack before a surprisingly sparse crowd at the plush Multan cricket stadium.

The duo's unbroken 183-run stand for the third wicket ensured India a flying start to the historic series after stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared a good batting track.

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