India's Sehwag hits fastest-ever Test triple-century

Saturday, March 29, 2008

India's Sehwag hits fastest-ever Test triple-century

Indian opener Virender Sehwag has entered the record books after scoring the fastest-ever Test triple-century.

Virender SehwagSehwag needed just 278 deliveries to reach the 300 mark during day three of the first Test against South Africa in Chennai, hitting 41 fours and five sixes in the process.

The 29-year-old already has a triple-century to his name after scoring 309 against Pakistan in 2004 and matched that score to steer India to 468-1 at close of play.

As well as beating Matthew Hayden of Australia's quickest treble-ton, Sehwag also becomes only the third person to score two 300s, joining the illustrious company of Don Bradman and Brian Lara.

South Africa had ended their first innings on 540 runs with Hashim Amla top-scoring on 159.

Helping India to their opening day haul was Wassim Jaffer, who managed 73 runs before being dismissed, while Rahul Dravid was 65 not out.

Speaking on Thursday, Sehwag hinted that he was anticipating a big score.

"The wicket is flat and we believe we can match South Africa's first innings total or better it to put them under pressure," he said.

"This pitch will continue to help the batsmen and we have some outstanding batting still to come.

"As openers we proved that there's little or nothing in it. There's still a lot of bounce but very little turn in it."

Sehwag got caught out at 319 on the 4th Day.

Out : c N McKenzie, b M Ntini
Runs : 319
Balls : 304
Fours : 42
Sixes : 5
Strike Rate : 104.93

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