Sehwag, Yuvraj pyrotechnics set up victory

Published: Friday, October 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sehwag, Yuvraj pyrotechnics set up victory
Friday, October 1 2004 19:19 Hrs (IST)
By Suhrid Barua

Bangalore:Opener Virender Sehwag made a welcome return to form with a swashbuckling 146 as he along with Punjab southpaw Yuvraj Singh (115) propelled India Seniors to a confidence-boosting five wicket win over India 'A' in the four-day practice game here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Giving a timely reminder to the national selectors, who had assembled in Bangalore to pick the team for the opening Test starting October 6, Sehwag overnight not out on 12, was a picture of confidence as he tore into the India 'A' attack treating the rival opposition bowlers disdainfully.

Sehwag's whose innings of 146 consumed 178 deliveries, studded with 13 fours and 9 sixes, was particularly severe on left-arm spinner Murali Kartik. The right-hander took Kartik to the cleaners as he clubbed five sixes and one four in his 19th over to show signs that he was very close to his menancing best.

The duo of Sehwag and Yuvraj put on a mammoth opening stand of 279 runs as they sent the India 'A' bowlers on the leather hunt.

Yuvraj, who was also sailing in the same boat as far as his batting form was concerned, came good when it mattered to crack a stroke-filled 115 to announce ominous signs for the visiting Aussies.

The India left-hander's 115 came off 170 balls, laced with 15 fours and one six.

The India 'A' bowlers toiled hard without success until skipper Dinesh Mongia effected the breakthrough by snapping Sehwag, who taken by SS Paul.

India 'A' skipper Mongia got his second scalp when he removed Yuvraj, who was caught by Ashish Nehra, who took a fine diving catch at point.

The Delhi bowler, who was off the field for two days, after hurting his ankle, bowled only eight overs today. He was unlucky as wicket-keeper M S Dhoni spilled a catch off him when Sehwag was on 103.

Dravid perished early, taken at short mid-wicket by Paul off Sridharan Sriram for nine. V V S Laxman did not trouble the scorers as he was run out without scoring.

Earlier, opener Akash Chopra scored 25 before he became Mongia's third scalp.

Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel chipped in with a solid 44 and found an able partner in Harbhajan Singh, who scored 17 as they steered Sourav Ganguly-led India Seniors to the victory target of 387 in 86.5 overs.

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