India declares at 675/5, Pak 42/0 at stumps

Published: Sunday, April 18, 2004, 18:35 [IST]
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Multan:Virender Sehwag created history by becoming the first Indian to crack a triple century and Sachin Tendulkar struck an unblemished unbeaten century as India posted the third highest Test score ever to take a firm grip on the opening Test against archrivals Pakistan in Multan on Monday.

Sehwag (309) and Tendulkar (194 not out) took centrestage on the second day as they re-wrote the record books with several individual and partnership milestones during a marathon 336-run third wicket association before the visitors declared the innings at an imposing 675 for five on yet another eventful day at the Multan cricket stadium.

Faced with an uphill task, Pakistan were 42 for no loss at stumps with Taufiq Umar batting on 20 and Imran Farhat on 17.

The flamboyant Sehwag continued from where he had left on the opening day to record the first triple century in Indian Test history, eclipsing the previous highest individual score of 281 that stood in the name of his teammate VVS Laxman established against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001.

It was yet another frustrating day for the hosts as Sehwag and Tendulkar launched a ruthless assault on the demoralised bowlers to help India record the highest-ever total against Pakistan, erasing the previous record of 539 fornine declared at Chennai in 1960-61.

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