Sehwag blasts double ton to lead India's commanding reply

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Chennai, Mar 28 (UNI) Continuing their chase of South Africa's mammoth 540, India, riding on a double ton by dashing opener Virendra Sehwag, coasted to tea at 309 losing just one wicket, in 70 overs in their first innings on the third day of the first Test match at the M A Chidambaram stadium here today.

Sehwag (218, 344 mnts, 34 fours, two sixes) and Rahul Dravid (10,92 mnts, 56 balls) were at the wicket as the South African bowlers, being given a taste of their own medicine, as it were, toiled on the lifeless pitch and had the mortificaton of seeing themselves being given the stick by 'Veeru'.

When India resumed after lunch at the score of 176 without loss, the dominance continued, even as Graeme Smith, a distraught man by now, looking for a breakthrough made some quick changes. But Sehwag continued with flourish, flicking the first ball of the first over by Jacques Kallis to the fine leg fence. Smith brought in Dale Steyn for Paul Harris, whose second spell yielded 20 runs for India.

Harris had replaced Kallis after the first over post-lunch. Then he brought in Steyn for Morkel at the northern end.

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