Indians take on record books

Three hours and five minutes of play were lost on the fourth day of the first Test at Lahore between Pakistan and India, but in that time Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid prised open the record books.

They remained unbeaten with India 403 without loss off only 75 overs, still 77 runs short of the follow-on mark, not that it matters with one day remaining.

Sehwag was 247 not out. It is his 11th Test century and is the second fastest double century in Test history, scored off 182 balls and including 38 fours and one six.

His highest score is 309.

Dravid's 128 not out was his 21st Test century, and his first as Indian captain. He took 202 balls, bringing up the century while taking 13 runs from a Shoaib Malik over.

All that is left in the game, weather permitting is an assault on the Test record books, and it is shaping that the 50-year old record of 413, set by Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad against New Zealand in 1955-56 will be next to fall.

The pair have already broken Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth's opening stand record of 200 against Pakistan which was set in 1986-87.

Given the way the match has gone, totally dominated by the batsmen, the first-class opening record of 561 held by Waheed Mirza and Mansoor Akhtar for Karachi Whites against Quetta in Karachi in 1976-77, is under threat.

At the post-play press conference Sehwag fired some shots at the Pakistan attack. "We didn't lose a wicket in our innings and that must tell you something about their bowling. At least we got seven wickets, they haven't got even one," he told CricInfo.

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