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raghu
04-02-2005, 12:16 PM
Kochi: Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid pounded Pakistan's attack with centuries as India recovered from 4-2 to post 281-8 in 50 overs in the first one-day international here on Saturday.


A sell-out crowd of 75,000, braving stifling heat and humidity, watched Sehwag smash 108 off 95 balls and Dravid make 104 after the hosts elected to take first strike in good batting conditions at the Nehru stadium.

India, 233-3 at one stage, were restricted to just 48 runs in the last 10 overs. Off-spinner Arshad Khan finished with 4-33 in six overs after conceding 13 runs in his first over.

Sehwag and Dravid plundered a record 201 for the third wicket after Rana Neved-ul Hasan removed Sachin Tendulkar and captain Sourav Ganguly off consecutive balls in the day's second over.

Tendulkar, one-day cricket's most successful batsman with more than 13,000 runs and 37 centuries, skied a miscued pull shot to the mid-on fielder after hitting the previous ball for a boundary.

Ganguly's horrendous run with the bat, which saw him make just 48 runs in five innings during the drawn Test series against Pakistan, was bowled round his legs first ball as he attempted a flick.

India would have been in further trouble if Mohammad Hafeez had latched on to Sehwag's catch at point off the first delivery of the match by Mohammad Sami.

Sehwag, who scored 544 runs at an average of 90.66 in the Test series, moved to eight when wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal leapt in the air but failed to hold an edge off Sami.

The swashbuckling opener was finally dismissed in the 36th over when he was bowled by Abdul Razzaq trying to swing the bowler out of the ground.

The Sehwag-Dravid partnership was India's best for the third wicket against Pakistan, surpassing the 161 by Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin during the Sahara Cup series in Toronto, Canada in 1996.

Pakistan, who scored a series-levelling victory in the third Test in Bangalore on Monday, need 5.64 runs an over to take the lead in the six-match one-day series. | Live Scorecard | |Advt: Tickets2India|

Earlier, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat in the first of six cricket one-day internationals against Pakistan at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Saturday.

India left out Irfan Pathan while opting for a three-pronged pace attack with Harbhajan Singh the only specialist spinner.

Pakistan were without vice-captain Younis Khan who was down with fever.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez came in for Younis and leg spinner Danish Kaneria.

The teams:

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Arshad Khan and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Laxmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh.

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Shy
04-02-2005, 03:37 PM
first sachin immed outnu oodanae orae kashtama poiduthu..... but 5 wickets thalaivar pola.. shuper :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Shy

sri_gan
04-02-2005, 03:58 PM
ada ada ada ... tendulukar out anna vudane tensiona poochu... appuram 5 wicket :clap: :clap: :clap:

vijsesh
04-02-2005, 08:19 PM
I like the ganguly part in the whole match since I didn't spent even the AD time in seeing his innings

Vijsesh

katteri
04-04-2005, 02:50 PM
What a gem of innings from Sehwag and Dravid...

they Planned the innings first and executed it perfectly

goodcomplanboy
04-04-2005, 05:04 PM
yup they paced the innings perfectly. After the loss of 2 wickets, they slowed down the bowlers Rhythm and once the initial bowlers spells are over (after 23rd over) it was all dispatched to the boundary. I liked the way Veeru is maturing with his game.

rsivaraman
04-04-2005, 06:08 PM
thalaivar innkavadhu addikannum, If he misses out with the bat, does contribute with the ball. lets see what happens : :Ksp: :Ksp:
veerus innings was great, enna adi

-Siva