India 82 without loss; S Africa hit up mammoth 540

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Chennai,Mar 27 (UNI) Virender Sehwag led India's counter charge as the hosts were off to a confident start, making 82 for no loss after South Africa amassed 540 in their first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test here today.

Opener Virender Sehwag, who hit his 14th half century, his second against the Proteas, was batting on 52 from 61 balls with two sixes and six fours while Wasim Jaffer was on 25 with one six and two fours.

India are 457 runs behind with all their wickets in hand.

The mammoth task for India, who had 25 overs of batting before the play ended, came after the Proteas were ultimately dismssed for a record score against India of 540 off 152.5 overs.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who appeared to be the best among the Indian bowlers on view, picked up five wickets conceding 164 runs in his spell of 44.5 overs.

Captain Anil Kumble 2-106, medim pacer S Sreeshant 1-10 and Virender Sehwag, used as the third spinner who picked up one wicket for37 runs, were the other bowlers to have picked up wickets.

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