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Sehwag feasts after drought

March 19, 2007
Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag gave his dwindling fan club plenty to cheer about as he returned among the runs with an explosive 114 off 87 deliveries in the World Cup Group B match against Bermuda in Port of Spain on Monday.

It was the Delhi batsmanís eighth ODI century and first in 61 matches. His 114 was studded with 17 fours and three sixes.

Coming in to bat at one down after his uncertainty with the new ball led to Robin Uthappa being promoted as opener, Sehwag whacked Bermudaís amateur bowlers to all parts of the ground. He outscored his partner Sourav Ganguly, and reached his half century off 43 balls, inclusive of seven fours and a six. His next 50 came off only 38 balls.

Sehwag twice hit David Hemp for consecutive sixes, lifting him straight and then over extra cover for maximum. He then sent Kevin Hurdle for a six over square leg before bringing up his century off 81 balls with a single off the same bowler.

It appeared he was looking to get the double but offered a catch to the field in the deep and departed to the cheers from the small contingent of Indian supporters.

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