Sehwag 219 Smashes ODI Innings Record Score
India 418-5 (Sehwag 219, Gambhir 67) v West Indies
Fourth One-Day International, Indore
Virender Sehwag thumped 24 fours and seven sixes as he set a new world-record score of 219 in the fourth One-Day International against the West Indies in Indore.
India racked up a new national record score of 418 for five - the fourth time they have passed 400 - as Gautam Gambhir (67) and Suresh Raina (55) also scored half-centuries.
He was badly dropped by Darren Sammy on 171 and made the West Indies pay for some loose bowling, sub-standard fielding on a pitch made for batting.
He welcomed both Sammy and Sunil Narine to the bowling attack with booming sixes down the ground as he raced to 50 in 40 balls, putting on a fifth century partnership with Gambhir, who was run out for 67 shortly after Sehwag reached his century in just 69 balls.
Gambhir was dropped by Andre Russell off his own bowling early and looked in fine form himself, cutting imperiously and charging the bowlers with impunity before he was sold up the river by Sehwag, whose 15th ODI century came up when he cut Pollard through backward point.
Having been reprieved by Sammy after he sliced Rampaul into the deep, he carved his way past his previous career-best of 175 and scored more runs in one innings that anybody had against the West Indies.
He was quickly on the threshold of reaching territory only previously chartered by compatriot Sachin Tendulkar against South Africa in Gwalior in 2009 and reached 201 with another cut through backward point.
Obviously tiring, he continued to blast boundaries, passing Shane Watson's record of 31 in one innings before he finally fell, caught by substitute Anthony Martin at long-on off Pollard.
Suresh Raina had come and gone in the meantime, run out by Russell as he attempted a short second but he had played his role perfectly in making 55 in 44 balls with a mixture of deft touches and precise hitting while Ravi Jadeja made ten in ten balls before he was caught by Rampaul off Russell.
Rohit Sharma hammered 27 in 16 balls before he was bowled by Roach, leaving Virat Kohli (23 not out in 11 balls) and Parthiv Patel (3 not out) to push India past their previous record score of 414.
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