Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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India openers in impressive reply
First Test, Kanpur (day three, stumps): South Africa 510-9 v India 185-0

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on the highest ever opening partnership for India against South Africa on day three of the first Test in Kanpur.
Sehwag and Gambhir were both unbeaten on 85 as India moved to 185-0 in reply to the tourists' score of 510-9.
Both men were given a life by debutant wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile.
The 24-year-old failed to lay a glove on a stumping chance offered by Sehwag on 29 and then immediately missed a chance to catch Gambhir.
The start of play was delayed until after lunch because of dense fog at the Green Park stadium.
The visitors resumed on 459-7 and went for quick runs, losing Tsolekile to Anil Kumble for nine and Robin Peterson, who was bowled by Harbhajan Singh after smashing 34 from just 24 balls.
Shaun Pollock finished unbeaten on 44.
The wicket continued to resemble a virtual featherbed as Sehwag and Gambhir built a confident foundation.
Both men had their let-offs just before tea.
Peterson was particularly unlucky as he had caused Sehwag plenty of problems and the batsman would have been stumped by yards if Tsolekile had accepted the chance.
Gambhir's edge, down the leg-side off Andrew Hall, represented a tougher opportunity for the wicket-keeper.
In truth, he should have been caught when just five, subsitute Justin Ontong spilling a diving catch at gully off Makhaya Ntini.
After tea, Gambhir launched a big six off Peterson over mid-wicket, adding some sweet leg-side flicks and one memorable cover-drive.
Sehwag went to his fifty with a perfectly-executed reverse sweep off Peterson and drove Pollock for three off-side boundaries.
Hall had a couple of close shouts for lbw while premier seamers Pollock and Ntini were not at their best.

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