Durham v MCC, Abu Dhabi, 4th day March 26, 2014

Sehwag blazes ton to see MCC home

ESPNcricinfo staff

MCC 282 (Reece 85, Harrison 5-60) and 225 for 4 (Sehwag 109) beat Durham 248 (Panesar 5-63) and 257 (Stoneman 115) by six wickets

Virender Sehwag's century saw MCC cruise to victory in the Champion County match in the desert and condemn Durham to a losing start to 2014.

Sehwag's hundred at better than a run-a-ball ended a 16-month wait for a first-class century; his last coming against England in Ahmedabad in November 2012.

But he rediscovered his bludgeoning best in the second-innings with 18 fours and a six to see MCC to their potentially tricky target at almost four-and-a-half runs per over.

With Sehwag dominating, MCC needed only careful support from the other end and Samit Patel provided the job with an unbeaten 48.

But that knock also came in good time, with six fours from 61 balls as the pair dispelled any notion of struggling on a fourth day wicket with a stand of 105 in just 17.4 overs.

With both MCC openers dismissed before the close on day three, the final day was nicely poised but Sehwag rolled back the months to take the game away from Durham.

The English champions' only successes with the ball on day four came via a caught and bowled dismissal from Scott Borthwick to remove Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sehwag shortly after he completed his century.

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  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Cricket need the players like Viru Sehwag , Peterson , Afriddi, De Villiers and Gayle to entertain the crowd. After all sports is for thrilling and enjoyment. Bring back Sehwag to Indian team.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    To all those who believe Viru would make a comeback, I'd say he wouldn't. I mean the BCCI would not let him do so. He's already old and BCCI is looking for players on the long run. The least that could be expected in favour of Viru is 2015 CWC. I don't see any other platform for him before or after the mega event. He needs to do well in IPL though!

  • Chetan on March 27, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @Pathiyal, imagine Sehwag & Dhawan opening......on a continental pitch

  • Nish on March 27, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    At the age of 35+, doubt Viru suddenly is going to find a rich vein of form in consistently making some big scores & forcing his way back into the Indian team! One must remember not just his batting but his fielding too has been very poor for a long time. However having said this, it would be wonderful if the BCCI gave him the opportunity to be selected & to play in one final home ODI or an international T20 in the near future as a 'final goodbye' to him as he has really been an opening great for India! It surely will be a long time till we again see somebody like him!

  • Vinod on March 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    as the guy claims,this innings give us a feeling that he has a couple of years more in him. well, wish he and gambhir will be back in the national squad soon for a last time. imagine if that happens ..... :-)

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Good one before starting the IPL.. We want you be orange cap holder for the entire IPL 7 season...

  • Mark on March 27, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Well played Viru, am still perplexed though why Patel played this game and isn't in Bangladesh. I guess he isn't a favourite with Giles!

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Much awaited Century with same old sehwag style 112 rate Many more to come.Wishing you gud luck &eager to see in IPL & INDIAN CRICKET TEAM

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    woooowww means sehwag will be coming in national squad

  • Shanmugam on March 27, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    I would love to see Viru in test team in place of Vijay.

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