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Indian pair fall short of first wicket record

LAHORE, Pakistan

Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid fell three runs short of setting a world record first wicket partnership on the final day in the first test against Pakistan yesterday, before bad light halted play.

The pair put on 410 runs before Sehwag was caught behind off the bowling of Rana Naved for 254, leaving captain Dravid on 128 and new batsman Vingipurappu Laxman yet to score when the umpires took the players off and tea was taken.

Over four hours were lost to bad light and steady drizzle yesterday and only 14 balls were bowled, allowing India to add seven runs to their overnight 403-0 for the loss of just one wicket.

Pakistan made 679-7 declared in their first innings and the lost time combined with the flat, lifeless track meant a draw was always likely to be the only result possible.

Although Sehwag and Dravid set a new record for an opening partnership for India against Pakistan, the pair fell agonizingly short of the world record for the highest first wicket stand set by Indians Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy in 1956.

Tipsy referee


An assistant referee was sent off from a Swedish third division ice hockey game over the weekend after the players began to suspect he was drunk. During the contest between Sveg IK and Halsingegardens AIK, one of the two assistant referees started behaving increasingly erratically and, smelling alcohol on his breath, the players became suspicious.

"The longer the match went on, the more he started to fall over and hold on to the boards, dropping his whistle and making contradictory signals," Sveg trainer Hakan Nilsson told Reuters on Monday. "Some of the signs don't even exist in hockey. They looked more like he was doing the doggy paddle."

After the second period, the two teams had had enough and together with the referee took the linesman to the locker room for the final period.