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4th ODI: India v England at Bangalore, Nov 23, 2008

Sehwag storm sets up India's win

Virender Sehwag

It was yet another power-packed from India's batsmen in the rain-affected ODI in Bangalore. Sachin Tendulkar was playing his first ODI since March, but it was Virender Sehwag who stole the show. The rain did dampen the show, as well as cause two interruptions in an imperious performance from the Indian opener.

It was a typically energetic top-order onslaught from Sehwag. India seized the advantage, racing to 82 to 1 off 14 overs, with Sehwag scoring 45 from 41 balls. From the very first ball of the innings, a gentle outswinger from James Anderson that was launched on the up and through the covers for four, Sehwag aimed to place bat on ball at every opportunity. Thirty-one of Sehwag's 45 runs came off the bowling of Anderson, including six of his eight fours, and his one six to date - a flat-batted pull over midwicket from the last ball of Anderson's fifth and most recent over.

The rains then set in disrupted the innings twice, and after the second India, having already faced 17 overs, came back on with the game reduced to a 22-over contest. Before the second break, Sehwag had brought up his half-century from 48 balls then celebrated with a pair of pulls for four and six off consecutive deliveries from Stuart Broad. The first one after the second break was launched for a six, setting the tone for India's dash in the final five overs of their innings.

Sehwag fell soon after, holing out to long-on, but by then he had given India a commanding platform in their quest for a series win.