Laxman, Sehwag make Pak bowlers sweat

Published: Saturday, November 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The much-vaunted Indian batting line-up seemed to have got their moorings right in the BCCI Platinum Jubilee Celebrations one-off One-dayer at the historic Eden Gardens here today.

The men in blue were off to a flying start rattling up 103 for the loss of Sachin Tendulkar in 18 overs.

Openers Sehwag and Tendulkar started cautiously before opening out to play some fine shots. Tendulkar was the more aggressive of the two as he looked to be in his fluent best as he picked up two sweetly-timed boundaries before he departed partly of his own making.

The batting maestro went for a cheeky single but failed to a beat a direct shy at the stumps from Younis Khan to be run out for 16.

In walked VVS Laxman. The stylish Hyderabadi fresh from his fine 69 in the second innings of the Mumbai Test, started on a confident note, mixing caution with aggression.

He eased his way to 45, which was punctuated with six crisp boundaries and presented some ominous signs from the Pakistani point of view.

Sehwag, who initially played the second fiddle to Tendulkar later showed some aggressive intent. Probably the ease with which Laxman accumulated his runs rubbed off on Sehwag, who came into his own gradually struck four fours and one towering six off Malik to be unconquered on 36.

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