Sehwag special sinks Windies

Indore, India — Virender Sehwag blasted the highest individual score in the history of One-Day Internationals to secure India a big 153-run series-clinching victory over West Indies in the fourth ODI on Thursday night.

The crowd at the Holkar Cricket Stadium witnessed two milestones as Sehwag’s breath-taking 219 off 149 balls. He smashed seven sixes and 25 fours to power the home side to 418-5, their highest ever ODI total.

In reply, West Indies tried and reached 265 all out as wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin registered a career-best 96 off 96 balls -- the highest score by a West Indies keeper in ODIs.

Ravindra Jadeja (3-34) was the pick of the Indian bowlers but debutant leg-spinner Rahul Sharma (3-43) impressed too.

The day belonged to Sehwag who added 176 runs with Gautam Gambhir (67) for the first wicket before Gambhir was run out by a superb bit of fielding from Marlon Samuels. Suresh Raina (55) also added a century stand with the captain before he too was run out by Andre Russell’s throw from long-on.

Sehwag grabbed the opportunity with both hands and cut Andre Russell for a boundary to overtake Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 not out that was scored against South Africa in a Gwalior ODI on February 24, 2010.

Medium-pacer Kieron Pollard eventually removed a tired Sehwag in the 47th over when he skied a catch to substitute Anthony Martin on the long-off boundary.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:01