Sehwag scores fastest triple ton

Virender Sehwag blazed the fastest triple century in Test cricket against South Africa. He's the third man to score two triples, after Bradman and Lara.

updated: April 15, 2008 12:14 IST
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New Delhi:

Virender Sehwag hit his second Test triple century in the first Test against South Africa on Day 3 of the Chennai Test.

Sehwag finished unbeaten on 309 as India reached 468 for one in reply to South Africa's first innings 540 all out at the close of third days play on Friday.

Sehwag got to 300 in just 278 balls with the help of 41 fours and five sixes. No batsman has reached the mark quicker in terms of balls faced.

He's the only Indian to score two triples in Tests, and the third overall after Australia's Don Bradman and Brian Lara of the West Indies.

Lara holds the current batting world record with his 400 not out against England in 2004. Sehwag had earlier made 309 against Pakistan in the Multan Test in 2004.

Sehwag begun the day on 58 not out. On a bone-dry pitch he unleashed some unmerciful strokes to complete the third quickest Test double hundred, in 194 balls. He the reached his 250 in 225 balls - a record in Tests.

In the process, he also bettered the highest score at Chennai's Chidambaram Stadium. The previous best was Sunil Gavaskar's 236 not out scored in 1983 against the West Indies.

Sehwag, who batted for eight hours to reach the milestone, lifted his arms triumphantly and embraced partner Rahul Dravid as the South African fielders applauded and the Indian players and the rest of the spectators gave him a standing ovation.

Second session

At tea, Sehwag was on unbeaten 218 taking India to 309-1.

Flaying the South African attack on a placid track, Sehwag raced to his double century off 194 deliveries - a pace only bettered by New Zealander Nathan Astle's 153-ball double ton against England in 2001-02, and Sehwag's last double, against Pakistan in 2006, which had been raised in just 182 balls.

First session

In the morning session, Sehwag batted authoratively to reach his centur. He was batting on 58 overnight.

Continuing the form of his unbeaten 151 against Australia in India's last Test outing, Sehwag was 110 not out at lunch, and shared an unbroken 176-run opening stand with Wasim Jaffer, on 60.

This is the highest of three opening century partnerships between Sehwag and Jaffer, surpassing their 159-run stand against the West Indies at Gros Islet two years ago.

Of the lot, Morkel was the pick, maintaining a comparatively tight line to contain the Indian openers. Similarly, left-arm spinner Paul Harris put the brakes on the rapid scoring with a leg-stump line.