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Last Updated: Monday, 12 July, 2004, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Sehwag aims for new record
Virender Sehwag
Sehwag's personal best in ODIs is 130
India batsman Virender Sehwag has set his sights on scoring the first one-day international double-century during the forthcoming Asia Cup.

United Arab Emirates could suffer on Friday when India open their campaign in a day/night match in Dambulla.

"If I stay at the crease for 50 overs, I can score a double-century," said Sehwag, preparing for his 91st ODI.

Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar holds the limited-overs record with 194 against India at Madras in 1997.

Sehwag's personal best is 130, made against New Zealand in Hyderabad last November.

"In fact, a lot of batsmen can do it provided they bat full 50 overs," he added.

"It is certainly not easy to score a double-century in one-dayers, but it is also not impossible."

We have prepared well and are looking to win the tournament
Virender Sehwag
India have been placed in Group B along with the hosts and the UAE. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong are in Group A.

The top two teams from each group go on to a super league phase, facing each of the other three with a place in the 1 August final at stake.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final the last time the tournament took place, in Dhaka four years ago.

"It is a tough competition with some strong sides in the fray," said Sehwag.

"No one can predict the winner but we have prepared well and are looking to win the tournament."


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