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India takes charge on day two

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2009 | 1:28 PM

Virender Sehwag was on course to become the first man to score three test triple centuries, hitting an unbeaten 284 today to put hosts India in command of the third and final test against Sri Lanka.



At stumps on day two, India were well placed on 443 for 1, in response to Sri Lanka\'s first innings of 393.



After just two days, it appeared Sri Lanka\'s chances of getting a series leveling victory were over.



Sehwag made the second fastest double century in tests, reaching the mark in just 168 balls, compared to New Zealander Nathan Astle\'s 153 ball effort against England in 2001-2002.



In all, he hit seven sixes and 40 fours off 239 deliveries, dominating two big partnerships with Murali Vijay 87 and Rahul Dravid 62 not out.



Earlier, Sri Lanka who resumed on 366 for eight could only add a further 27 runs with Harbhajan Singh ending with 4 for 112 and Pragyan Ojha supporting with 3 for 101.