Mumbai: Virender Sehwag slammed the second-fastest double century in tests on Thursday to lead India's charge against Sri Lanka in the third test match.
Sehwag's unbeaten 284 took India to 443-1 in its first innings at stumps on day two, in response to Sri Lanka's 393. Sehwag's double century was studded with six sixes and 27 fours.
India-Sri Lanka Third Test Scorecard
Flaying the Sri Lankan attack on a placid track, Sehwag raced to his double century off 168 deliveries _ a pace only bettered by New Zealander Nathan Astle's 153-ball double ton against England in 2001-02, and Sehwag's best of 200 from 182 deliveries against Pakistan in 2006.
The explosive Indian opener is the first Indian to hit six double centuries in Test cricket and his knock is the 38th double hundred by an Indian. Rahul Dravid has five double centuries to his credit while Sunil Gavsakar and Sachin Tendulkar have hit four each.
Fastest double centuries in test cricket
The Delhi marauder also broke his own record for the fastest 250 in the history of Test cricket. Now he is on the course to be the first man ever to hit three triple centuries in Test cricket.
Sehwag shared in a 221-run opening stand with Murali Vijay (87) and added an unbroken 186 for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid, who struck 62 not out.
Murali Vijay, who replaced Gautam Gambhir missed out a well deserved century when he attempted a sweep shot off Rangana Herath and was trapped lbw. His innings consisted of ten boundaries and a sixer.
India also went past their own record for most runs in a day, as they finished Day 2 on a mammoth 443.
India's previous best score in a day's play was 419, which they put up in second Test in Kanpur.
Earlier in the day, Angelo Mathews was run out for 99 as Sri Lanka were all out within the first half hour, the visitors adding only 27 to their overnight score.
Mathews attempted double, but Sachin Tendulkar caught him short with a brilliant throw from deep square leg. Mathews hit 99 from 131 deliveries, having hit 15 boundaries, before his dismissal reduced the visitors to 379 for nine in the 93rd over.