Tuesday 15 December 2009 

Sehwag's Career-Best Sets Sri Lanka 415 To Win

Sehwag's Career-Best Sets Sri Lanka 415 To Win
Sehwag's Career-Best Sets Sri Lanka 415 To Win
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India 414-7 (Sehwag 146, Dhoni 72, Tendulkar 69) v Sri Lanka

First One-Day International, Rajkot

Virender Sehwag hit a career-best 146 in 102 balls as India piled up 414 for seven in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Rajkot.

Sehwag's 12th ODI century saw him surpass his previous best of 130 and half-centuries from Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Sachin Tendulkar (69) enabled India to beat their previous record score by one run, bettering the 413 for five they managed against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup.

Sehwag hit 17 fours and six sixes and after Suresh Raina (16), Gautam Gambhir (11) and Harbhajan Singh (11) fell in the pursuit of quick runs, late contributions of 27 in 19 balls from Virat Kohli and an unbeaten 30 in 17 balls from Ravi Jadeja ensured India became the second team to score 400 runs in an ODI for the second time, equalling South Africa's record.

Dhoni's 72 came in just 53 balls after he promoted himself to number three in the order after a 153-run opening stand between Sehwag and Tendulkar, who faced 63 balls for his 69.

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